LEXINGTON, SC (Paul Kirby) - On Tuesday morning, Sept. 19, a parent of a student at White Knoll Middle School called an administrator at the school to report that a WKMS student had posted some alarming information on social media. Those posts included a threat to do harm to the school.
The district takes any report like this seriously and immediately informed the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department of the incident through the School Resource Officer. In addition, administrators at WKMS contacted the student’s parents and suspended the student in accordance with board policy and district procedure.
Since that time, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department released a statement advising that a man from the Leesville area, as well as the teen, have both been arrested and charged with the making of homemade bombs.
Lexington District One does not tolerate this kind of behavior and feels that every child deserves a safe learning environment. For this reason and in accordance with applicable policies and procedures, school administrators recommended the student for expulsion. This is standard operating procedure.
The district encourages students and their parents to immediately report any safety concerns to a school administrator, School Resource Officer, school counselor, teacher or other employee. The district also has a Tip Line (803-821-1232) which students, parents and others can use to anonymously report safety concerns.
The district’s spokesperson reiterated in a statement released Thursday that the safety and well-being of district one’s students and staff is their highest priority.