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CCMS student could be expelled after social media threats

A Colleton County Middle School student is being recommended for expulsion from the local public school system after making violent threats against students and staff members.
According to information provided by Sean Gruber, spokesman for the Colleton County School District, the unnamed juvenile student made threats on social media from his house on the evening of Sept. 17th. These threats were against the entire middle school and a specific school staff member. District officials were notified of the threat by multiple students who saw the posting: these students reported the threat overnight to a Colleton County Middle School staff member.
Law enforcement officials were also notified of the social media threat, said Gruber.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation of the incident, and he was taken into custody. The student, whose identity will not be released because he is a juvenile, has already been suspended from school. He is also being recommended for expulsion. The expulsion recommendation is in line with the district’s already-approved Student Code of Conduct.
According to that code, the school board has a policy in place that allows students to be recommended for expulsion from school based on acts of violence against a student, an administrator or school official.
“The safety of our students and staff members is our greatest priority,” said Gruber, in a written statement. “We thank our students for reporting this matter to us.”
Gruber is urging any Colleton resident with concerns about student or school safety to continue to report their concerns. “If any parents or students hear of any threats, or witness any suspicious activity involving our schools, please report them by calling or emailing school administrators, contacting law enforcement, or by calling the district office at 843-782-4510,” she said, in a written statement.

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