Authorities in the Upstate are beefing up security at a Spartanburg County high school after learning about online threats to kill Jewish and Muslim students.
According to the Spartanburg Herald Journal, Spartanburg School District Five officials said a student at Byrnes High School in Duncan reported the Facebook threats Friday. Screenshots of the post showed Nazi language and images of a gas mask and indicated an attack would come Tuesday.
After receiving the threats, the student immediately contacted law enforcement. Deputies have interviewed the student, and collected multiple screenshots of the threats.
“I was very alarmed when I saw the posts and how vile some of the language was, and how direct the threats were, not only against our students but the families of our students,” Superintendent Scott Turner told local media. He said the posts were traced back to the account of a man not from South Carolina who Turner said does not appear to have any connections to Byrnes or Spartanburg County.
Turner said additional law enforcement officers will patrol Byrnes High School and perform random security sweeps to be sure there is no danger. Officers will also be at a nearby middle school and elementary school.
Byrnes High has about 2,300 students and is one of the largest high schools in South Carolina.