Sheriff: Upstate student threatened to shoot class

Mason Bird (Source: WYFF)
Mason Bird (Source: WYFF)

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - The 17-year-old son of an Upstate principal was arrested after he threatened to shoot the students in his class, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Jonathan Smith, with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, said Mason Bird, a student at Blue Ridge Christian Academy, turned himself in on Dec. 27 and was charged with disturbing school.

Smith said he was told that Bird is the son of Blue Ridge Christian Academy's principal.

The arrest warrant said during a yearbook class on Dec. 19, Bird got into an argument with another student during which he shouted that he would come into the school with a gun and shoot all of his classmates.

The warrant said that other students became quiet when they heard the comment and the teacher told Bird it was an inappropriate thing to say.

Smith said a parent of one of the students in the classroom contacted the teacher. The teacher and administrators were supposed to have a meeting that day because of the incident.

Bird is a senior at Blue Ridge Christian Academy. His lawyer, Frank Eppes, said Friday that the school has not yet made a decision on any disciplinary action against Bird.

Eppes also pointed out that his client was not charged with the more serious offense of making a threat, and that Bird is a serious student who plans to attend college.

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