Threat Causes Lock Down At Pleasant High School

Pleasant Schools Superintendent Steve Larcomb issued notices to parents on Monday that a student reported a threat that was made against the school and that the campus had gone into a standard lock down.

At approximately 7:39am Monday, Pleasant High School Principal Brian Sparling called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to report that a high school student had received a text message on Sunday stating that someone was going to die at school Monday. The 16-year old Pleasant student stated he had loaned his cell phone to an Elgin Junior High School student and while the phone was in that student’s possession the text message was received. The Pleasant student stated that the text message was from an unknown caller with an unknown phone number and the message had subsequently been erased.

In the course of the investigation, the sheriff's office says it was discovered that the Pleasant student fabricated the entire incident and no threatening text message had been received on his cell phone.  The Pleasant student will face several possible criminal charges including: Making A False Report, Inducing Panic and Falsification.  The case will be sent to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for formal charges.

Larcomb says the unnamed student is also facing expulsion.

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