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Two teens facing criminal charges for threats written in high school bathroom, Fort Mill police say

Police and school officials responded to the threats and launched an investigation.

FORT MILL, S.C. — Two teens are now facing criminal charges after threats were found scrawled in a high school restroom stall last week.

Leaders with the Fort Mill School District first confirmed it was investigating after finding the message in a boy's restroom stall at Fort Mill High School on Friday. This came after another message was found in a restroom stall on Thursday.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Fort Mill Police Department said a 16-year-old was identified as a suspect. The 14-year-old is being charged as a juvenile with one count of student threats, one count of threatening a public employee, and four counts of vandalism.

This comes after officers said they identified a 14-year-old boy as one of the possible suspects on Tuesday, Sept. 13. An incident report released by the department noted an officer reviewed surveillance footage as part of the investigation.

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School officials said they did not believe there was a credible threat to the school. However, the district said it was taking the threat seriously through investigation and school security protocols.

The school district issued the following statement following the announcement: 

"This type of behavior will not be tolerated and anyone found to be involved could face school discipline along with legal action. I want to assure you there is no danger to our school at this time. Please talk with your child about the disruptive impact these types of actions can cause. Please ask your student to report any such comments or messages to school staff immediately."

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