Campobello student arrested

Published 10:58 pm Sunday, May 9, 2021

8th grader booked after creating a “hit list”

CAMPOBELLO—A Campobello-Gramling student was arrested this week after students found a list of names and reported it to a teacher. 

The principal sent a letter to parents informing them that a student had been arrested for creating a “hit list.” 

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Spartanburg County District One officials said the 8th grade student was arrested on Wednesday. 

District officials said students saw a list of names the student made, including some students’ names and the students who saw the list reported it to a teacher. 

School officials investigated and found the list and had the student arrested. The student, who cannot be named because of their age, was booked into the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia, S.C. 

Following is the letter sent to parents from Principal Jeremy Darby on Wednesday:

Dear parents: 

I want you to know that your child’s safety is of utmost importance to me and I am sharing this information with you in order to keep you appropriately informed as a parent. An incident occurred in which a student was charged and taken into custody for allegedly creating a hit list that included names of individuals at the school. 

The school district in cooperation with the Campobello Police Department began an immediate investigation, which is currently ongoing. All individuals whose names were allegedly on the list have been contacted. 

As with all matters of student safety, we have taken this very seriously and have acted accordingly. Thanks to information received by the school in this matter, school and law enforcement officials were able to swiftly investigate and act on this information in a proactive manner. 

As I communicate regularly to our students, I would like to also encourage you to take a few moments this evening to talk about the seriousness of these types of behaviors. Only by working together as a school community in partnership with parents can we create and maintain the level of safety that we want for our children and that they certainly deserve.