In a news release issued by Darlington County School officials this morning, it was disclosed that a Hartsville High School student was arrested for writing a threatening message that was discovered at the school Monday evening.
District spokesperson Audrey Childers said in a statement that the male student "was charged with 'disturbing schools.' The student, a minor, has been removed from the school and will face a school district disciplinary hearing."
Childers went on to say, "The safety of our students is our highest priority. The district greatly appreciates the services and support provided by the Hartsville Police Department during the investigation and arrest."
Because of privacy issues, this is all Childers can release to the media about the student, but she says all things are operating as usual at Hartsville High today.
As an answer to whether the threat made at HHS was unfounded, Childers said in a statement Wednesday afternoon, "Based on the results of the investigation, it appears no malicious harm was intended and the threat was unfounded."
Below is the News Release sent to the media just before 5pm Wednesday:
Hartsville Police Department makes arrest following threatening message at Hartsville High School
Hartsville, S.C. – Nov. 13, 2013 – The Hartsville Police Department has arrested a Hartsville High School student following a disturbing and threatening message found written at the school.
The message was found by school staff at approximately 5:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, and was immediately reported to the Hartsville Police Department. Police immediately began an investigation, leading to the arrest of the student, a minor, on Wednesday morning based on information gained in the investigation. The student is charged with disturbing a school.
The department agreed to provide additional police officers at the school Tuesday, Nov. 12, because of the concern of the Darlington County School District, and in accordance with district practices.
"We take any and all inappropriate or threatening communications seriously," said Police Chief James Hudson. "They will be investigated by the Hartsville Police Department as seriously as any other crime. We appreciate the full cooperation of the Darlington County School District and its staff in this matter. We've always worked jointly and closely with the district, and intend to keep doing so to ensure that all students are safe."
There is no further information available at this time.
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