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York middle school student accused of threatening school on social media

A York student was arrested Wednesday and is accused of posting a threat to his school on social media, police say.

York police officers received a call at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday from a man who told them that his son had read the post on social media, police say. Police did not identify the juvenile student due to his age.

York school district officials say the threat was directed toward York Middle School and confirmed that it was made by a student.

Police say there is no credible threat to students.

The incident mirrors others in Rock Hill and Lancaster in recent weeks.

The York school resource officer identified the student, with help from the York County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security, police say. Officials responded to the child’s home as part of an investigation.

The student was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention facility.

“Due to the quick response and apprehension, there is no credible threat that students or parents in the York school district should be concerned with in reference to this incident,” according to a statement from the York Police Department.

“Additionally, in light of recent incidents involving schools in our country, any perceived threat towards schools or students is taken seriously, and will be dealt with accordingly,” York police said.

York school district officials posted this statement to Facebook in response to the incident:

“Law enforcement and school district officials want to assure our community that at no point was York Middle School or any other YSD1 school in danger from this individual. We continue to encourage parents to monitor their children's social media and messaging accounts and report anything suspicious or dangerous to the school or law enforcement.”

The statement continues: “We remind you that we take all threats seriously, and continue to work alongside law enforcement to investigate possible threats. As we've said before, a strength of our school district is our community, and this community can work together to keep all children safe.”

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082

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