Middle school student sends note allegedly ‘threatening’ Saffell Street Elementary

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Police, school officials investigate Wednesday school bus incident

By The Staff

A male middle school student allegedly handed a note “threatening in nature” to a Saffell Street student riding the bus Wednesday afternoon, resulting in an investigation by school administrators and the city police.

Police Chief Chris Atkins said Thursday afternoon that a Saffell Street parent contacted police Oct. 2 after an elementary student received a note from a middle school juvenile while riding the bus after school.

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 Elementary.

“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 Thursday afternoon.

Atkins said Anderson County school administrators and school resource officer Joe Saunier are currently investigating. 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. 

“Parents of Saffell Street students were notified by One Call last night communicating that students and staff were never in danger, an investigation by district staff had been conducted and that law enforcement were investigating.” Mitchell said in an e-mailed press release. “The nature of the investigation at the school district level is confidential as students were involved.”