The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting threat at Byrnes High School.
Deputies said a 17-year-old student made the threat on Facebook Monday, following an argument with his ex-girlfriend, who is a student at Byrnes Freshman Academy. Duncan police first began investigating the threat and called in the sheriff's office when they realized the student lives in the county.
According to sheriff's office reports, the teen said in the post that on "Zero day (he) would kill 42 students and eight teachers."
He went on to say that he would use a 38-caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun that were in his home, deputies said. Upon learning of the threat, officials first called the teen's parents in to school, where they confirmed he had access to the weapons. Deputies said the school's administration suspended the student pending further action and investigation.
Deputies said they went to the student's home, taking him and the guns he mentioned in the post into custody under a judge's detention order. Deputies said they are treating this as a mental health issue, and are not releasing the teen's name or filing charges at this time.
Bobby Bentley, director of public relations for Spartanburg District Five schools, said additional security was on hand Tuesday at Byrnes High School, James F. Byrnes Freshman Academy, Duncan Elementary and Beech Springs Intermediate School in the wake of the threat.