Rock Hill 10-year-old won't face charges after making social media threats

A ten-year-old York Preparatory Academy student won't be facing charges, even though she's accused of threatening her classmates on social media.

"In this particular case, we decided not to press charges," said Rock Hill Police Department Captain Mark Bollinger.

The fifth grader won't be heading to juvenile court, even though she's accused of making threats to her fellow classmates.

"We take every school incident seriously," Bollinger said.  "But then, we have to investigate them and see what the circumstances are, and see if there's the ability to carry out the threat."

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According to the police report, several York Prep students were talking in an online app called "Tik Tok."

"First, we heard the threat was made at the school," said Bollinger.  "But then, we found out it was just a common thread-- they were all students, but it wasn't going to be at the school or anything."

One of the fifth graders used Tik Tok to convey threatening messages to nine other students.  One threat said she wanted to kill another student, and wanted her to get raped.
"Our suspect was a person listed as a victim on the incident report," Bollinger said.  "And finally, she admitted that she was mad at one of her friends and basically ran her mouth-- so detectives spoke to everyone involved and made the determination that no charges would be pressed."

With several recent instances of violence in our local schools, we turned to a psychologist for some answers.

"Your reasoning when you're at that age range from 6-12 is very small," said Licensed Professional Counselor Charryse Johnson.  "You think more on impulse."

She says just because a student makes a threat, doesn't necessarily mean they'll carry out a violent act.

"What makes it worrisome isn't so much that a threat means someone might be a violent person," Johnson said.  "It makes it really difficult for the people around them to know what's credible and what's not credible."

“There have been a lot of arrests," Bollinger said.  "If it had gone to a certain threshold, we would've charged this young lady and petitioned her to juvenile court here in South Carolina."

Police say parents need to be checking the backpacks and cars of their children to know what they're bringing to school.