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Police: South Carolina Man Threatens Shooting At Harlan Graduation

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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - A South Carolina man is in jail after allegedly making a threat to shoot everyone at Harlan High School's upcoming graduation.

KSP received a call from Principal Britt Lawson with the Harlan Independent School district after he became aware of a threat made toward the HHS graduation on May 19.

A student at the school received a text from a male individual in South Carolina stating he would come to the HHS graduation and shoot everyone. Investigators say the student has known this individual for about 5 years.

Analysts determine the text came from a male individual by the name of Felix Melquinoes Martinez. Martinez is a 34-year-old male who lives in Columbia, SC. A warrant and letter of extradition was obtained by Detective Howard and forwarded to South Carolina authorities. Martinez is charged with Terroristic Threatening 2nd, a Class D Felony.

Martinez will be extradited to Kentucky.

The school released a statement thanking investigators for their quick arrest.

 On behalf of the Harlan Independent School District, we want to thank all those involved in helping address these threatening comments so quickly.

The work done by the Kentucky State Police was phenomenal. It is a testament to the diligence and dedication to address the ongoing threats made toward schools across the country.

In less than 72 hours the offender was identified and arrested despite the fact they were more than 300 miles away from Harlan.

We cannot thank the Policing Agencies from Harlan County enough for the level of support and the response we have gotten when these issues arise in our school systems.

This work demonstrates that we take all threatening comments seriously and will work with law enforcement officials to help resolve every incident regardless of where it originates.

We encourage family and community members to remain vigilant in helping educate our children and others of the dangers of connecting with strangers through social media and online platforms. There are significant consequences to making irrational and inappropriate comments.

Below is a press release issued by the KSP today.

There will be an increased law enforcement at the ceremony as a precaution.

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