GPD: 2 students charged, lied about school shooting threat to get out of school

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, March 15, 2018

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GPD: 2 students charged, lied about school shooting threat to get out of school
A social media post that referenced an alleged possible school shooting at Riverside High School resulted in two students charged after they lied about it to get out of school, the Greer Police Department reported Thursday.

The investigation into the threat found that two students at Riverside Middle School had fabricated the story.

It was reported a student at Riverside High School was told about a possible “school shooting” from another student who had a sibling at Riverside Middle School.

The threat originated about 12:20 p.m. from Riverside Middle School from two students trying to get out of school, GPD reported. Both students have charged with Disturbing School.

The social media post appears to have been edited, according to police.

“Law enforcement takes all threats received seriously and fully investigates each threat in an effort to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are safe,” stated Lt. Patrick Fortenberry.

“Students should be aware that making jokes or threats of school shootings is a very serious matter that has significant long term consequences. These threats disrupt our schools and takes law enforcement resources away from other areas where they could be used,” Fortenberry stated.



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