Campobello Gramling students charged after social media threat, police chief says


CAMPOBELLO, S.C. (WSPA) — Two students have been charged after police say they threatened to shoot up Campobello-Gramling School in a video posted on Instagram.

Campobello Police Chief William McNeill said both 14-year-olds have been charged with unlawful communication and threats to a school.

Law enforcement and school officials were notified about the threat on Wednesday evening.

Chief McNeill said a parent saw the video while reviewing their child’s Instagram account and immediately notified authorities. He said the video was sent to about 40 kids.

The suspects were quickly identified after the investigation began, he said.

He said the boys are both in the custody of the S.C. Departtment of Juvenile Justice as of noon Thursday.

Officials with Spartanburg County School District 1 said in a statement Wednesday that a student at Campobello-Gramling School “made an online threat regarding gun violence via social media” and that the student and their parents were contacted.

“As with all matters of student safety, we have taken this very seriously and have acted accordingly.

“Spartanburg School District One is committed to the safety of its students and staff and will cooperate fully with all authorities during the investigation,” according to the statement.

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