HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina is thanking everyone who called their department to investigate threats that were made to Lugoff-Elgin High School on Monday, Aug. 8. Officials said the threats were made over 4,500 miles away… in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“I would definitely like to thank your local FBI office and the Honolulu Police Department for their assistance in this matter,” Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan told KHON2 on Thursday, Aug. 11. “We could not have concluded our investigation without their help.”
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On Wednesday, Aug. 10, Boan shared in a video that the student whose identity was used for the fake account contacted them at the same time they were getting calls about the threats made on Monday, Aug. 8, at around 4:15 p.m.
Within six hours, he said they were able to determine that the threats weren’t valid.
“That student also called us to report someone was getting ready to use his name to put out false school threats,” said Boan. “So we immediately went to his house and we searched the house and there was no firearms in the house. There was no devices that connects to this student whose name was on the account to the actual post, the threats.”
Boan said the student told them that the threats were made from someone in Hawaii who he had been chatting with on the phone.
“He told us that the kid told him that, ‘Hey, I’m getting ready to do this.’ All he knew was that the kid’s 15 years old and he’s from Hawaii,” said Boan.
Boan also shared that while they were at the student’s house, the posts were still going out. At that point, he said they came to the conclusion that it’s a fake account using this kid’s identity.
“Now this is not the first time this type of incident has happened with this same student,” said Boan. “We’ve had multiple incidents in the past where for some reason fake accounts were getting created with his name on it and school threats were going out. We’re still working on why that’s happening, but it’s not the first time.”
At that point, Boan said their investigators started to work on the account itself, and with all the information they had, they tracked the account to Hawaii.
On Thursday, Aug. 11, Boan said the FBI and the HPD made contact with the actual sender of the social media threats and his parents — he’s a juvenile living in Honolulu.
Kershaw County Sheriffs said the juvenile’s case was referred to the HPD detective division for further investigation and possible prosecution in Hawaii. HPD would not comment on the case, and KHON2 is still waiting on a response from the FBI.
The juvenile’s fake account has also finally been closed after the Kershaw County Sheriffs reported the posts multiple times on Instagram.
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“Hopefully, this will be the final chapter in these L-E High School social media threats,” Boan told KHON2. “It is time for our students to get back to learning.”