ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WACH)-- A 23-year-old Orangeburg man has been formally charged in connection with the social media threats towards Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.
Shakiem Ellison was charged Thursday with disturbing schools and unlawful communication. Deputies were able to determine that Ellison used a fake social media account to post comments on social media.
According to the incident report, the first post implied that a shooting would occur at the high school on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.
A second post stated in part, "we start shooting the slow kids first, I REPEAT SLOW KIDS first! 7:25 a.m.."
Deputies were immediately dispatched to the school after the treats were discovered.
Ellison was taken into custody Wednesday around 2 a.m. after investigators were able to track Ellison down not far from his Kings Road home which is walking distance to the schools' campus.
“Acting immediately on this threat, we discovered this individual was posting comments under a false social media name,” the sheriff said. “Once this individual was identified, our agents along with Secret Service and US Marshals began an urgent search which resulted in the apprehension of Ellison.”
Ravenell asked the court to deny bond in light of the seriousness of the incident. “I think he is a danger to the community,” he said. “This is a very serious time after the incident in Florida.”
“This isn’t a game, this isn’t some joke where everyone laughs,” Ravenell said. “This is a serious act to be involved with and especially at a time such as this when the nation seeks answers. We have our answer to this individual. He’ll face a judge and the utmost justice.”
Orangeburg School District 5 spokesman Bill Clark stated some students at the campus may need mental health counseling after the threats.
“They are afraid,” Clark said. “They are afraid of what happened in Florida could happen at our school.”
Case investigator Keisha Gilliard also asked the court to deny bond after an exhaustive and urgent investigation to locate Ellison.
Orangeburg County Magistrate Derrick Dash said he is “deeply disturbed” by this incident.
“If it were in my power to do something different, I would,” he said.
Dash set bond at $3,237 for the two charges.
*Ellison is 23-years-old not 24-years-old as deputies previously reported.