RSHS stu­dent banned for mak­ing grad­u­a­tion threats

Cecil Whig - - RELIGION - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

RIS­ING SUN

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— A 17-year-old Ris­ing Sun High School stu­dent has been banned from school grounds af­ter mak­ing a “veiled threat” about grad­u­a­tion in a Face­book post, ac­cord­ing to the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Lt. Mike Holmes, Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesman, said the school con­tacted law en­force­ment on Thurs­day morn­ing and the sher­iff’s of­fice con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion along­side the school. The stu­dent who made the post was iden­ti­fied and in­ter­viewed, he added.

“The stu­dent stated it wasn’t his in­tent to cause any harm, but it’s some­thing we take se­ri­ously,” Holmes said.

Holmes said it was his un­der­stand­ing that the stu­dent was banned from grad­u­a­tion and also from school grounds by the school sys­tem. CCSO is work­ing with the State’s At­tor­ney Of­fice and the De­part­ment of Ju­ve­nile Ser­vices to de­ter­mine whether charges might be filed against the stu­dent, Holmes added.

Holmes also noted that the sher­iff’s of­fice al­ways has a pres­ence and se­cu­rity plans for the county’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies.

Kelly Kee­ton, a Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools spokesper­son, said in a state­ment that the threat was ad­dressed im­me­di­ately and that all threats are taken se­ri­ously and thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated.

“As we saw in this sit­u­a­tion, the open lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion that ex­ist be­tween the school, law en­force­ment and the com­mu­nity al­low school ad­min­is­tra­tors to im­me­di­ately ad­dress con­cerns that are brought for­ward,” she said. “The is­sue was re­solved and will re­sult in both dis­ci­plinary and le­gal con­se­quences.”

The al­leged threat against RSHS grad­u­a­tion is at least the third such threat against county schools this school year. In Oc­to­ber, a Ce­cil Col­lege stu­dent was de­tained and later sent to a men­tal health fa­cil­ity af­ter he made graphic draw­ings of a shoot­ing at a Ce­cil County school while at a Cal­i­for­nia treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

A few days later, a stu­dent at the Prov­i­dence School, a non-pub­lic school for stu­dents with spe­cial needs, was re­ferred to the De­part­ment of Ju­ve­nile Ser­vices af­ter threat­en­ing to shoot four school staff mem­bers and “any­one who tried to stop him.”

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

A Ris­ing Sun High School stu­dent was banned from the school af­ter mak­ing “veiled threats” against grad­u­a­tion in a Face­book post.

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