Students charged, expelled after threats at Florence Co. schools

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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – Several students have been charged and expelled after threats at schools in Florence County.

On Monday, Florence County Sheriff William Barnes and Florence School District One Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley held a press conference at the district’s office in Florence.

News13’s Annie Mapp was at that press conference and reports that two juveniles were arrested for allegedly threatening a shooting at West Florence High School. One student was from West Florence High School. Both students have been charged.

On Monday morning, a bomb threat was made at South Florence High School, News13’s Annie Mapp also reports. A student has been charged in this case.

“We take these threats very seriously. Whether it’s someone trying to be cute and play a prank or whatever reason, they will be in serious trouble,” said FCSO Interim Sheriff Billy Barnes.

The three students involved in the incidents have been expelled and charged by the FCSO.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the school district also reminded parents to monitor their child’s social media and cell phones.

“Go into their rooms, find out what they are doing, and be sure they are using technology correctly,” said Dr. O’Malley.

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