CHS Student Suspended After Making ‘Threatening’ Posts

A Columbia High School student accused of making “threatening” social media posts and comments has been suspended as a police investigation is underway. 

Parents and fellow students reported last week that the student, who has not been identified, made the ‘threatening’ remarks toward fellow students. CHS administrators were alerted to these concerns on Wednesday, March 21. CHS Principal Brian Reeves took disciplinary measures to address the matter. He then contacted the Columbia Police Department to get them involved in the situation.

During their investigation Columbia police detectives collected the alleged threats and conducted interviews with several students and parents. CPD officers are planning on presenting their case later this week to State’s Attorney Chris Hitzemann. Once Hitzemann reviews the information, it will then be decided whether or not charges would be filed against the suspended student.

A letter was distributed by email to parents on Monday, March 26. The message informed parents of the basic information regarding this incident, and it also reassured parents that Columbia High School is a safe and secure place. In the letter, CUSD Superintendent Dr. Gina Segobiano said school administrators understand situations such as this are concerning to parents, students and the greater community.   

“All threats to our schools and students are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. We continue to stress the concept of ‘See Something, Say Something!’,” said Segobiano. In the letter she also asked parents to discuss this concept with their children and ‘emphasize the importance of reporting any comments, posts, pictures, etc., that are dark or violent in nature.’

“We want you to be aware that the administration at Columbia High School has exercised extreme diligence and taken all proper actions required by law and in the best interests of our students and faculty,” she added. 

Several students and parents have taken to social media to express their concerns over the situation, referencing tragic events in schools across the country.