PAGELAND — A Central High School student is learning that menacing words are not taken lightly in the Chesterfield County School District.
The 16-year-old female student was investigated earlier this month on allegations that she caused a school disruption. Due to her age, The Cheraw Chronicle is not identifying the student by name.
On Nov. 12, a teacher overheard the girl tell another student she was going to kill a police officer before she dies, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office report. When the other student stated an officer’s name, the suspect allegedly said no and identified Officer Perry, who is Central High’s school resource officer.
Perry was attending department training off-campus when the threat was allegedly made, deputies said in the report.
The teacher as well as four other students made written statements concerning the incident.
The student was called to the assistant principal’s office. Deputies say she never denied making the statement, but did try to rephrase the comment.
Left alone in the office while the assistant principal went to lunch, authorities say the teen left the school premises. A deputy was sent to her home but there was no response.
Disciplinary action for making the threat as well as leaving the school grounds without permission will be handled by the school administration, according to the report. Deputies referred the case to the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice for charges.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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