More online threats against Ware Shoals schools, 2 more charged

Police say April Green, Leon Kay III and Rodney Rogers, left to right, made threats against schools that were posted on social media. (Source: Greenwood County Sheriff's Office)

WARE SHOALS, S.C. (WSPA) – Days after a man was accused of posting threats on social media in which he referenced Columbine and Sandy Hook, two more people are charged with making threats against schools.

Ware Shoals Police Chief Harry Irick said Leon Kay III was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday after posting a threat on Facebook.

April Green was arrested several hours later.

Kay and Green are both charged with unlawful communication and breach of peace of a high and aggravated nature. And they’re expected to face more charges.

According to the police report, the threat was not Kay’s own words but that he had posted a picture of a quote from Supreme Court case Elonis vs. United States. The quote said “That’s it, I’ve had about enough I’m checking out and making a name for myself. Enough elementary schools in a ten mile radius to initiate the most heinous school shooting ever imagined. And hell hath no fury like a crazy man in a kindergarten class. The only question is…which one?”

A police report also says that Green posted the same quote but added “Am I next to go to jail?” preceding it.

In the report, Green provided a written statement saying that she was “merely copying and pasting quotes from a similar case to which another person was accused of threatening violent acts.”

She said in her statement that she was exercising her right to freedom of speech.

The latest arrests come days after Rodney Lee Rogers Jr., 27, of Ware Shoals was charged with several crimes. Police say he posted threats on Facebook and Snapchat .

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We’re told Kay was out on parole for attempted murder.

April Green is charged with breach of peace and disturbing a school. Her bond is $52,000 on both charges.

Leon Kay is charged with breach of peace and disturbing a school – aggravated in nature. His bond is set at $102,000.

Ware Shoals School District 51 said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning that the schools are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement agencies and those who reported the threat.

The post reads:

A trespass order is being processed on the individual. We will be notified if he posts bail, and we will keep you informed.

We are on regular schedule, but the day may be somewhat “irregular” with questions and fears. Law enforcement will be present today to provide support.

We continue to LEARN, SERVE, and LEAD. Thanks for your support of our district!

“SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING”

Ware Shoals Police Department investigated the recent threats with assistance from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office and Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

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