SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC – A teenager is in custody after Spartanburg School District Six officials say he threatened to shoot up the Dorman Freshman Academy.
In a letter prepared for parents of students at the school, district officials said that several students reported to school administrators that the 13-year-old stated that he was going to bring a gun to school and target African-American students who he accused of bullying him, as well as anyone not wearing “red.” In a joint press conference with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, officials said the teen admitted to making the statement, but told administrators he was joking.
“However we take this and every threat seriously,” officials stated. “We immediately contacted law enforcement and the 13-year-old is in custody. This is an expellable offense. We would like to thank the students who came forward and encourage anyone with more information to come forward.”
School District officials said that they will have increased security on campus Friday.
“As you know safety is our first priority and we will not tolerate this type of threat or actions at Dorman Freshman Academy or at any other school in our District.”
Approximately 847 students attend the Freshman campus.