South Aiken parents want answers after two incidents in one week
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Less than one week after a disturbance at South Aiken High School, parents got another phone call from the school principal.
earlier this week, causing security to ramp up at the school.
The school system said in a statement to News 12 that a "warning message" on social media sparked the response on Friday afternoon.
Aiken Public Safety says it was related to the situation earlier in the week.
A robocall was sent out to parents, and a Facebook post as well on the school's social media saying the following:
ADPS increased patrols ahead of the home football game on Friday night.
"All the principal said was 'we heard the rumors,'" said Ed Mabbott, whose daughter attends South Aiken High. "Well, I hadn't looked at Facebook. I haven't looked at anything. What are the rumors?"
Parents News 12 spoke to say the school should've been more clear with the message.
"If you tell us what's going on, then our nerves can be calmed down," Mabbott said.
Another school Facebook post announced the banning of GTR clothing from school grounds.
In the Facebook post, they tell parents and guardians
"I had to go to my 17-year-old daughter and find out about GTR or whatever that is?" Mabbott said.
The school system says it stands for "Getting to Riches." They say it's connected to the social media rumors.
But, the GTR Facebook page says they "aren't a gang but a music organization."
All this has some parents rethinking everything.
"My wife and I are even thinking about homeschooling," Mabbott said.
The following is the full statement from the Aiken County School System:
The Aiken County School System has not said if they will increase security measures next week as well. Aiken Public Safety says they'll provide extra resources if requested.