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2 juveniles questioned for social media threats to Hillcrest Middle School

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 11/12/19

Two juveniles are being questioned in connection to social media posts threating violence at Hillcrest Middle School Wednesday morning.

The threats to the school on Peach Orchard Road, …

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2 juveniles questioned for social media threats to Hillcrest Middle School

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Two juveniles are being questioned in connection to social media posts threatening  violence at Hillcrest Middle School Wednesday morning.

The threats to the school on Peach Orchard Road, “while very disturbing, were not credible, and these students did not have the means to carry them out,” according to a Facebook post from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Maj. Allen Dailey.

Dailey said one of the two juveniles who have been identified is a student at Hillcrest. An investigator with the sheriff’s office said the other, who reposted the original threat on Snapchat, is a student at Alice Drive Middle School.

The investigator said contact has been made with both students’ parents. He said the education factor in a situation like this needs to focus on telling students to report such a post to law enforcement because simply reposting it causes panic.

“Protecting our schools is of the utmost importance to us,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. “We would continue to urge anyone who sees or hears something concerning to please let us know.”

There is an increased presence of law enforcement at the school on Wednesday, according to the school district’s spokeswoman, Shelly Galloway.

“Any student who is responsible for making the threat,” she said, “will face disciplinary action in accordance with state law and the Sumter School District Code of Conduct.”