Late Monday night, Sept. 24, a Lexington High School student posted comments on social media about his intention to harm himself and others.
Another student reported the comments to the district’s Tip Line. The district’s Safety and Emergency Services Office took the report seriously and immediately notified the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.
The Sheriff’s Department quickly began their investigation, interviewed the student Monday night and arranged to transport the student for medical treatment.
Officers worked overnight and throughout the day Tuesday to verify this threat and to investigate this situation. They also supported Lexington High throughout the Tuesday by assigning additional officers to the school as a precaution.
Superintendent Greg Little stated, “Know this. We do not tolerate threats to our students’ safety, and we believe that every child deserves a safe learning environment. Our administrators, School Resource Officers and many others work every day to make our schools safe places.
“We are thankful for the partnership that we have with the Sheriff Jay Koon and his department and appreciate their quick, decisive action in this case.”
This fall the district instituted a new tip line as part of an overall safety improvement plan that made it easier for students and parents to report possible issues and concerns. Students and their parents can always report any safety concerns to a school administrator, School Resource Officer, school counselor, teacher, other employee or the district’s Tip Line at 803-636-8317.