Judge sets bond for Orangeburg man accused of threatening school

Judge sets bond for Orangeburg man accused of threatening school
Shakiem Ellison (Source: Orangeburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - A judge set bond for a 23-year-old Orangeburg charged in connection with threats made against a high school.

Shakiem Ellison is charged with disturbing schools and unlawful communication. Thursday afternoon, a judge set bond at $3.237 for the charges.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell and the case investigator asked the court to deny bond.

"I think he is a danger to the community," Ravenell said. "This is a very serious time after the incident in Florida."

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."

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.

Detectives: Man used fake social account to post threats

According to the incident report, Ellison, via a fake social media account, posted open threats against the Orangeburg-Wilkinson campus and its students on Tuesday. The post implied the shooting would begin 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 AM."

Deputies, along with agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and U.S. Marshals began searching for the person who made the post.

Investigators tracked Ellison to a Kings Road residence not far from the very campus he threatened. He was taken into custody around 2 a.m. Wednesday, Orangeburg County Sheriff's spokesman Richard Walker said.

Deputies were sent to Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Wednesday morning to reassure parents, students, and school staff that they were well-protected.

"We don't believe there is any further threat," Ravenell said. "This individual acted alone."

The man is expected to be charged Wednesday and a bond hearing is expected to follow Thursday afternoon, Walker said.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office has been made aware of threats received at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and...

Posted by Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"This is a frightening and simply callous incident that comes less than a week after a nation found itself grieving for 17 students in Florida," Ravenell said. "However, we acted immediately to find this individual and put an end to the opportunity before another tragedy occurred. I'm just disappointed and angered someone would do this here in our community."

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