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Rock Hill middle school student threatened to ‘shoot up’ school, police say

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A Rawlinson Road Middle School student threatened to “shoot up the school” last week, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Rawlinson Road Middle’s vice principal Jennise Knight called a police officer to the school around 3 p.m. Friday because of a reported threat, the police report states.

The police report was released Monday.

A student told a peer that she was going to “shoot up the school on Monday, then said she was going to only shoot (another student),” the report states.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Frank Nivar announces Aug. 22, 2018 a partnership with the Wake County school system and local law enforcement agencies to warn students about not making school threats. Threats have surged since the Parkland shooting.

The student then laughed before running off, according to the report.

The incident was reported to a teacher and the school’s administration, the report states.

The student who made the threat was petitioned to family court and was disciplined by the school, according to the police report.

Rock Hill school district leaders have investigated the incident and are meeting with the families involved, said district spokesperson Mychal Frost.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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