SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating emails sent from Hillcrest Middle School, threatening teachers, the district superintendent, and the Sumter County sheriff.
According to sheriff’s office spokesman Ken Bell, the emails were both vulgar and threatening in nature. A picture of an assault rifle was also included.
An investigation revealed the picture was a stock photograph copied from the internet. There was no indication that the juveniles possessed and/or photographed the weapon themselves, Bell added.
In addition to threatening to shoot District Superintendent Dr. Frank Baker and Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis, we’re told the email included a threat to “shoot” up the school.
Investigators spoke with the individual whose name was shown on the emails and, other students, with their parents present, and found that all three had conspired to send out the emails, according to a news release.
The students are facing charges include two counts of threatening the life of a public official one count of disturbing schools.
The 13-year-old juveniles will be petitioned to the Department of Juvenile Justice.