YORK COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Two kids, both under the age of 12, were arrested and suspended for threatening to shoot and blow up their school.
"It scares me. It almost makes you not want to send your children to school,” said parent Sherry Ownbey.
York County Police say a parent reported that students were on social media discussing shooting up and detonating explosives at York Intermediate School. The principal notified parents by phone, and also sent out a statement.
"He said that there were two kids that made threats on social media and that the police were investigating it and that the kids had no the means to carry out the threat so everything was taken care of,” Ownbey said.
The two students were charged with threatening a school and were suspended for the rest of the school year, which ends on Thursday.
"With the FBI being involved and there were no weapons actually found, I think they shouldn't be charged maybe community service or really just talk to them,” said Sandy Cox, whose nephew attends the school.
Lucius Drennen is a sixth grader at the school and says teachers talked to them about making threats and how much trouble they'll get into.
"With all the school shootings that's been happening, since it's been on the news, I think they would know not to play around like that because then there's serious charges and they could get fined,” Drennen told FOX 46.
School officials responded saying:
“York School District 1 appreciates the quick and thorough response by the York Police Department regarding social media threats made to one of our schools over the weekend. Threats to our schools, students, or staff, made during or after school hours, are not amusing in any way and cannot be tolerated. We also appreciate the support of our community in their efforts to keep our schools safe, including this incident which was reported to law enforcement by a parent and their child. Parents should continue to monitor this children’s social media activity and report anything that may be concerning.”
Drennen says if a school shooting was carried out those students could be blamed for it, even if they didn't do it.
"It's like so many innocent kids die each day because of people who got mad whenever they went to school,” he said.
York County School officials say no determination has been made on additional disciplinary action.