Almost all of Dillon High's students signed out Monday after social media threat to school

Dillon School District Four logo. (Source: Dillon School District Four on Facebook)
Dillon School District Four logo. (Source: Dillon School District Four on Facebook)
Dillon High School (Source: WMBF News)
Dillon High School (Source: WMBF News)

DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Almost all of Dillon High School's student body was not in class Monday following a Facebook post that made reference to violence against the school.

According to a Dillon High administrator, 817 out of the school's 882 students were out of class, which is 92 percent of the student body.

The official added a majority of those students had been checked out by their parents. Some were absent for other reasons.

Dillon School District Four was placed on temporary lock down Monday morning after a child allegedly made a Facebook post that referenced violence against Dillon High School, according to officials. Superintendent Ray Rogers said the lock down lasted 30 to 40 mind.

Rogers said he started to receive calls at about 6:30 a.m. from concerned parents about the Facebook post.

A deputy with the Dillon County Sheriff's office visited the home of the student—said to have posted the threat—but so far there is no evidence of the rumored threat.

"Just students making statements and probably expanding on what that has been said to people just panicking," Rogers said.

Rogers says after the mass shooting at the high school in Florida where 17 people died last week, parents are on edge more than ever.

"Everybody is upset over what happened in Florida and got a right to be," Rogers said. "You know it's tragic when we ever lose a child's life much less what happened in Florida. "

Still Rogers says students should notify school officials or authorities instead of sharing to social media. That way they can act more quickly --- before a day of learning goes to waste.

"To have rumors going on that scare people and parents scared to send their kids, you know, um the kids get cheated… they get cheated out of education when that goes on," Rogers said.

A school resource officer who is also with the Dillon County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

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