Sheriff: Bus driver made threats toward school
INDIAN TRAIL – The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested a school bus driver March 4 accused of posting threats on Facebook.
The messages targeted Porter Ridge Middle School, as well as mentioned several members of school staff and immigrants in Suburban Estates, according to the sheriff’s office.
Lashauna Hooker Beachum, 32, of Charlotte, faces two felony charges of making false reports concerning mass violence on educational property.
The initial post appeared on a local Facebook page around 2 a.m. March 3, but disappeared. It was posted again a few hours later. Citizens reported the messages to the sheriff’s office and Union County Public Schools.
The sheriff’s office provided extra patrol for Suburban Estates and additional officers on Porter Ridge campuses March 3. Detectives linked the post to Beachum later that afternoon. They brought her into custody March 4.
The motive behind the messages was not clear, but detectives don’t believe she had the means or intent to act on the threat, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office has acknowledged it has seen an increase in the number of school threats and hoaxes since the school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.
“The safety of our kids and schools is one of our highest priorities,” Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. “Any comment, rumor or social media post mentioning violence on school property is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”