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Sheriff: We cannot allow people to scare or threaten our schools

Jennings Bryan Griggs (Source: Marlboro County Sheriff's Office) Jennings Bryan Griggs (Source: Marlboro County Sheriff's Office)

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Jennings Bryan Griggs, 54, has been arrested by the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office for disturbing schools.

According to Sheriff Fred Knight, his office got a call from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on Wednesday to inform them of a call that came into the State Dept of Education Office for Exceptional Children.

An incident report from filed with the sheriff's office by the Marlboro County School District and the resulting investigation revealed that the message left on an automated system was threatening.

The message did not make a specific threat, but it was directed at Marlboro County High. Police discovered Jennings Griggs made the call out of frustration; he had no plans to harm anyone or the school.

Griggs was arrested Thursday, Dec. 12 and has been released on bond. Disturbing schools can carry up to 90 days and a $1,000 fine.

Sheriff Knight said, "I was called by SLED Wednesday morning and notified that the incident occurred on Tuesday. I immediately assigned an investigator to work the case, and he was assisted by SLED. Within just a few hours the investigation was complete, and the arrest was made today. We have determined that no threat exists now, but we cannot allow people to scare or threaten our schools and teachers and disrupt the learning environment."

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