Pelion, S.C. (Paul Kirby) — An individual has been arrested for forcing the evacuation of Forts Pond Elementary School in Pelion by calling in a threat to do harm to the building and its students with a bomb last year. Officers with the Pelion Police Department and agents from the SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigated the case that occurred on Friday, December 13th, 2019.
Law enforcement officers have now arrested Felissa Connelley of Pelion who is facing charges of threatening the use of weapons of mass destruction. Eventually, after an exhaustive search with K-9s the day of Connelley’s threatening call, no device was found, and no one was harmed.
At the time of her arrest, Connelley was staying at the Masters Inn in Cayce. This is located on Commerce Drive off the west bound I-26 ramp at Airport Boulevard. She was taken into custody Friday without incident. A reason for her action has not been released. She was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center and later released on a bond of $10,000.
During the event, 552 elementary school students were moved by bus to Pelion High School and eventually, some were picked-up by parents or guardians from that location. Those who weren’t picked up, were shown a movie and kept busy in other ways until they could safely return to their own school. All Pelion attendance area schools were placed on lockout without further incident. School District One Superintendent Dr. Greg Little said, “The Pelion parents and their children were champions throughout the day.”
Superintendent Little said the law enforcement agencies that worked together to ensure the building was clear and safe that day, and eventually found and arrested a suspect, never stopped working on the case. “We are grateful to Pelion Chief of Police Mike Crider, his officers and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for today’s arrest. We work closely with our law enforcement partners and are grateful that they make the safety and security of all students and staff their priority.”