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Fort Mill mom reports child bullied, video mentions machine gun, choking threat

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The parent of an elementary school student in Fort Mill reported to police that her child had been bullied and shown videos that had comments about someone being shot with a machine gun.

The woman called law enforcement officials Saturday and filed a report with the York County Sheriff’s Office. In that report she said her child was harassed and bullied by two other students at Sugar Creek Elementary School in incidents that started months ago. The harassment continued on the playground and on Youtube, and included two videos the woman showed police, the report states.

After Fort Mill school district officials viewed the videos with police Monday, they said the videos were “not a credible threat to anyone’s safety,” according to Joe Burke, district spokesman.

In one video someone states the victim’s son should not get Christmas presents and makes a comment about the child being “choked,” the report said.

In the second video viewed by police, a child “made a comment about someone being shot with a machine gun,” according to the report.

The report lists two “suspects” but the names and ages of the two children were not released.

In a statement to The Herald, Burke said: “The district was contacted on Monday by the parent and made aware of the police report that had been filed with the county. District administration met with the parent to discuss the issues and were made aware of the videos posted to Youtube at that time.”

School resource officer Dave Prescott, who services Sugar Creek Elementary, was contacted to view the videos and assess any possible threats, Burke said. “After viewing the videos and interviewing the student and parents he determined there was no credible threat.”

Fort Mill police Chief Jeff Helms said the school resource officer stationed at Nation Ford High School next to the elementary school, talked to the students Monday and saw the videos and determined there was no credible threat.

Fort Mill school district officials declined to discuss details of what disciplinary action has been taken against the children involved.

“Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act the district cannot comment on any student discipline issues or actions,” Burke said in a statement. “The district takes all accusations of bullying seriously, once reported to the school or district office. We investigate situations fully and take the necessary appropriate actions.”

The mother who called police declined to comment to The Herald about the incident. The Herald is not naming the mother to protect the identity of her child.

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