Landrum High School trespasser to be charged

Published 11:07 pm Thursday, September 10, 2015

A man, whose name has not yet been released, will be charged with trespassing after an incident at Landrum High School on Sept. 10 at approximately noon.

According to a statement provided by Principal McCraw to the parents of students, the individual attempted to enter the school via an outside door, without following proper protocol.

At District One schools, visitors are required to enter though the front door, which remains locked, and get buzzed in. Office staff approves visitors through an intercom and camera system.

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“I saw him and immediately began to question him,” said McCraw in the letter sent home with students.

According to McCraw, school administration kept visual contact as he attempted to leave campus on foot. He was detained shortly after by school resource officer Jeff Bowers, and transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for mental evaluation.

The reasoning for the evaluation has not been disclosed. Upon his release, he will be charged with trespassing.

“He’s was trying to get in the building, and wasn’t following procedures,” said Cathy McMillan, Coordinator of Personnel for District One schools. “We never really felt like he was a threat.”

The incident comes at a time when schools around are already on high alert, due to social media threats in regards to September 11.

District One administration does not believe the incident is connected, but in an effort to ensure peace of mind and safety is taking extra precautions.

“We have safety and security measures, and they work, but people also need to do what they are supposed to,” said McMillan.