Middle school student sends note ‘threatening’ Saffell Street elementary

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By The Staff

A male middle school student allegedly handed a note “threatening in nature” to a Saffell Street student riding the bus last Wednesday afternoon, resulting in an investigation by school administrators and the city police.
Police Chief Chris Atkins said last Thursday afternoon that a Saffell Street parent contacted police after an elementary student received a note from a middle school juvenile while riding the bus after school Oct. 2.
Superintendent Sheila Mitchell, in a press release e-mailed Thursday, described the information as “threatening in nature to Saffell Street Elementary.”
School officials investigated immediately and contacted police, Mitchell wrote.
Atkins said the note in question could be construed as threatening toward Saffell Street Elementary in general, but it appears that was not the note-writer’s intention.
Atkins said city police do not currently have any concerns of potential violence against students and staff at Saffell Street.
“There was absolutely at no time ever anyone in danger,” Atkins said. “It was a kid being foolish to try to be funny.”
Police did not arrest the middle school student, and he has not been charged as of last Thursday afternoon.
Atkins said once the school district has completed its report of the incident, police would be speaking with the Anderson County Attorney’s office to determine if the student will be charged or if the school district would be administering possible disciplinary action.