‘Watch out Ware Shoals’ school threat made on social media, suspect arrested

Rodney Rogers
Rodney Rogers

WARE SHOALS, SC (WSPA) – A man is charged with several crimes after posting a threat on social media Friday morning that a school superintendent said referenced Sandy Hook and Columbine.

Greenwood 51 Superintendent Fay Sprouse says the threat wasn’t made to a specific school. She says all schools were notified about the threat and the suspect’s photo was sent to them. Additional law enforcement was brought to each campus and students were kept inside as a precaution.

According to the police report, Rodney Lee Rogers Jr. called dispatch and said he was going to “cleanse” Ware Shoals and God had told him to do it.

Police say the 27-year-old Ware Shoals man posted a threat on Snapchat that read: “Ware Shoals is going to be on the news today. Columbine ain’t got nothing on me.”

Police say he also posted to Facebook, “I am going to do something worse than sandyhook and columbine combined. I’m tired of being mentally controlled by all these meds and I’m tired of people hating me and treating me like s***. I’m going to give people a reason to hate me. Watch out ware shoals.”

The police report also says Rogers said he sent the messages and said those things but he blacks out when he does it.

The suspect was arrested less than an hour later, according to Sprouse.

Police say they got a call from a woman in North Carolina about the Facebook post.

They say Rogers has been charged with:

  • First-degree assault and battery
  • Three counts of threatening life of a public official
  • Disturbing schools
  • Unlawful communication

“We appreciate the swift action of the Ware Shoals Police Department, the support of Greenwood and Laurens deputies, and we truly appreciate those who reported the threat. Everyone worked together to bring this to a swift resolution,” Sprouse said.

Rogers is being held at the Greenwood Detention Center on $118,000 bond.

A background check shows that Rogers has a criminal record at various locations in the Upstate:

RODGERS, RODNEY LEE 12/15/2008
SC0240000 GREENWOOD CNTY SO
CASE-20081215
WARR-J794100
CIT-16-17-430(B)-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -TELEPHONE/UNLA WFUL US OF TELEPHONE
OFFENSE DATE-12/15/2008

———————
RODGERS, RODNEY LEE A12/15/2008
SC0240200 WARE SHOALS PD
CASE-20081215
WARR-K278418
CIT-C/L,22-05-150 MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY
OFFENSE DATE-12/02/2008

WARR-K278419
CIT-16-17-430(A)(B)-FELONY
ARREST CHARGE -OBSCENE CALL, UNLAWFUL USE OF TELEPHONE*
OFFENSE DATE-12/03/2008

WARR-K278420
CIT-C/L,22-05-150-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY
OFFENSE DATE-12/03/2008

WARR-K278421
CIT-C/L,22-05-150-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY
OFFENSE DATE-12/03/2008

WARR-K278422
CIT-C/L,22-05-150-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY
OFFENSE DATE-12/03/2008

WARR-K278423
CIT-C/L,22-05-150-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY
OFFENSE DATE-12/14/2008

CIT-C/L,22-05-150-MISDEMEANOR
DOC-R84 COURT CHARGE 01-ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY
WARR-K278418 COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 DAYS CONCURRENT OR $1093 FINE

CIT-16-17-430(B)-MISDEMEANOR
DOC-R84 COURT CHARGE 02-TELEPHONE/UNLAWFUL USE OF TELEPHONE
WARR-K278419 COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 DAYS OR $465 FINE

CIT-C/L,22-05-150-MISDEMEANOR
DOC-R84 COURT CHARGE 03-ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY
WARR-K278420 COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 DAYS OR $1093 FINE

CIT-C/L,22-05-150-MISDEMEANOR
DOC-R84 COURT CHARGE 04-ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY
WARR-K278421 COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 DAYS OR $1093 FINE

CIT-C/L,22-05-150-MISDEMEANOR
DOC-R84 COURT CHARGE 05-ASSAULT/SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY
WARR-K278422 COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 DAYS CONCURRENT OR $1093 FINE’

———————
ROGERS, RODNEY LEE JR 07/29/2013
SC0300000 LAURENS CO SO
CASE-13002370
WARR-40391FR
CIT-16-11-600-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -ENTRY ON ANOTHERS LANDS AFTER NOTICE
OFFENSE DATE-07/29/2013
CIT–MISDEMEANOR
WARR-40391FR COURT CHARGE 01-ENTRY ON ANOTHERS LANDS AFTER NOTICE
COURT DISP-CONVICTED
COURT DATE-08/19/2013

———————
ROGERS, RODNEY LEE JR A07/29/2013
SC0300000 LAURENS CO SO
CASE-130002631
WARR-2013A3010101139
CIT-17-9-10 N/A
ARREST CHARGE -FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE
OFFENSE DATE-07/29/2013
CIT–MISDEMEANOR
DOC-30 COURT CHARGE 01-FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE
WARR-2013A3010101139 COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION; NOT GUILTY/BENCH TRIAL
COURT DATE-08/20/2013

———————
ROGERS, RODNEY LEE JR 05/09/2015
SC0420100 SPARTANBURG PD
CASE-05000115
WARR-2015A4210201471
CIT-16-11-520(B)(3)-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -MALICIOUS INJURY TO REAL PROPERTY <$2,000
OFFENSE DATE-05/09/2015

———————
ROGERS, RODNEY LEE JR 06/07/2015
SC0230300 GREER PD
CASE-0315011566
WARR-79524GY *
CIT-N/A-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -DISCHARGING FIREARM
OFFENSE DATE-06/07/2015

CIT-N/A-MISDEMEANOR
WARR-79524GY COURT CHARGE 01-DISCHARGING FIREARM
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;PLED GUILTY 30 DAYS SUSPENDED PLUS CC AND 6 MONTHS COMPLIANCE WITH GREEN MENTAL HEALTH 07/31/2015
COURT DATE-07/08/2015

———————
ROGERS, RODNEY LEE JR 09/13/2015
SC0230200 GREENVILLE PD
CASE-290560
WARR-79524GY *
CIT-N/A-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FAIL TO COMPLY
OFFENSE DATE-09/13/2015

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