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A 17-year-old male Edisto High School student was removed from class on Thursday following a report of a possible threat.

A teacher informed school administrators at 9:30 a.m. that a student posted a “possible threat” on SnapChat, which is a mobile phone messaging application, Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Assistant Superintendent Ernest Holiday said.

Administrators and the school resource officer “immediately escorted the student from the classroom,” Holiday said.

He noted that the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office took the teen into custody at that time.

Holiday said the student did not have a weapon with him.

He also noted that a review of the student’s SnapChat showed there was not an “immediate concern to the school or others.”

“He did post something that could be perceived as a threat,” Holiday said.

Later in the day, the school made automated calls to students’ parents to let them know about the incident.

Holiday said that if teachers, students and parents notice any behavior or social media posts that appear to be suspicious or threatening, they should notify school administrators immediately.

“Each threat is taken seriously,” Holiday said.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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