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Deputies investigating threat at South Florence High, officers expected on campus Friday

Deputies outside South Florence High School following a threat against the school on social media. (Tonya Brown/WPDE)

Deputies are investigating a threat that was made toward South Florence High School, according to Chief Deputy Glen Kirby with the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

Kirby said the school is safe, but deputies maintained a heavy presence in the school and on the grounds until it was dismissed for the day. He said officers will also be back at the school on Friday.

He said someone posted a threat, including a photo of a high powered weapon, about the school on Snapchat. He said the caption said "South Florence Massacre."

The school was put on lock down, according to officials with Florence School District One, and extra security was at West Florence High School.

Kirby said they have the name of a suspect and, as of Thursday afternoon, they're trying to find him.

Students say word about the post spread quickly throughout the school.

"Talking about he was going to blow up the school. And how he had to do the right thing sacrifice a few people. For other people's happiness," said Mikayla Wagner, a student.

"Every posting was like I'm tired of being bullied. And stuff like this," explained Zachary Powell, another student.

Several parents contacted ABC 15 with questions and concerns about what's going on at the school.

Some even shared pictures and videos on social media showing screenshots and videos of the post.

Dozens of parents, like Pamela Powell, raced to the school to pick up their children.

"You feel helpless you can't do anything. you can't get to them right then," she said.

We are working to learn more and will continue to bring you updates as they come in.


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