An Upstate high school has taken extra security measures after its Jewish and Muslim students were threatened over social media.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office contacted Spartanburg District 5 administrators Friday night after a student reported receiving "extremely vulgar" threats that specifically targeted Jewish and Muslim students at Byrnes High School, officials said.
"Law enforcement is currently investigating and working very hard to identify the source of the threats," the school district said in a release. "Throughout the weekend, law enforcement will be patrolling Byrnes High School and will be performing random sweeps of the campus before students return."
District administrators have requested that additional officers be placed at Byrnes and all Duncan area schools next week. School resource officers will also be in place on other school campuses to ensure security.
In response to the threats, Superintendent Dr. Scott Turner released the following statement:
“I want to ensure our parents and community that we are taking these threats extremely seriously, and are doing everything possible to make sure our campuses are secure. We are working with law enforcement to ensure the individual who made these threats is found. As always in District Five, the safety of our students and staff is our first priority.”