Lexington School District One releases statement regarding their response after learning of WKHS rum
LEXINGTON, S.C. (Paul Kirby) - Lexington One has released a statement concerning their actions and response to the recent rumors that threats were made regarding White Knoll High School. In that statement, the district confirmed that a student had reported an anonymous rumor being passed among the student body that included a threat to the sprawling school in the Red Bank / White Knoll area of the county.
The statement was released by Chief Communications Officer Mary Beth Hill. In it, Hill said, “Acting in accordance with board policy and district procedure, administrators immediately informed the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department of the incident through the school resource officer.”
Investigators from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department identified the former student who made the threat and after interviewing that individual, they determined that he was not a credible threat.
Hill said in the statement, “The district takes any rumor like this very seriously and investigates each rumor carefully and thoroughly. She went on to say, “The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our highest priority.”
The district has always encouraged students to immediately report any rumors or action they hear to a school administrator or school resource officer. They advise that it is best to report all of these and then let trained staffers and law enforcement officers investigate to determine if any threats are credible or actionable.
The district has a Tip Line (803-821-1232) where students, parents and others can report concerns anonymously. This includes instances of bullying and any other illegal activities on or around schools, as well as threats such as this.