Colleton County High student arrested during lunchtime for verbal threats to school
Steven Anthony Jones, 19, of Walterboro, was arrested Friday during lunchtime at Colleton County High School by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office for making a threat of violence to the school earlier this week.
The sheriff’s office says Colleton County High administrators were made aware of a verbal threat that Jones was going to allegedly “shoot up the school”.
Police say Jones was immediately removed from class and interviewed, after several witnesses provided statements, where he admitted to making the statement on more than one occasion.
After CCSO investigators interviewed Jones they say he posed a “credible” threat to the safety of the school and himself, the sheriff’s office says.
Jones was taken into custody and taken to the Colleton County Detention Center.
“The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office takes every threat to the public, regardless of content or manner of delivery, very seriously. All threats of violence towards the students or staff of any school in Colleton County will be thoroughly investigated and all offenders will be held accountable. This includes malicious rumors and unsubstantiated social media posts that incite unrest or create fear in the minds of the public,” said Sheriff R. A. Strickland.
The investigation of the threat is on-going CCSO said.