Gov. Nikki Haley was making two stops in Pickens County on Tuesday morning where local police said a woman was in custody after making a threat against the governor.
Liberty police said they have a woman in custody who is accused of making a threat against Haley on Tuesday morning. Haley had a stop at Liberty Elementary School at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to speak at the Easley Rotary Club meeting at the William A. Carr Conference Center at 12:30 p.m.
John Eby, spokesman for the School District of Pickens County, said about 8:30 a.m. a parent volunteer at Liberty Elementary was talking to a school staff member when she made a remark about harming the governor. The staff member contacted the principal who in turn called police, who responded to the school and took the woman into custody, Eby said.
The woman was not at the school for the governor's visit, but was there helping another program, and was already gone before Haley's arrival, Eby said.
"A staff member made a difficult decision but the right one, and did exactly what needed to be done," Eby said. "We hope what was said wasn't meant seriously, but it had to be taken seriously none the less."
Haley's stop at Liberty Elementary was to talk with third through fifth graders about leadership and bullying prevention.
Police said further information about the threat will be released once arrest warrants have been signed.