Bond set for man accused of threats to injure Midlands students and put them in body bags

Bond set for man accused of threats to injure Midlands students and put them in body bags

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - The superintendent of Lexington One Schools says he's pleased that a judge has ordered a man accused of threatening students to stay away from River Bluff High School.

That happened at a bond hearing early Tuesday morning.

Superintendent Dr. Greg Little said an adult should never interact with students in this way.

Chris Raines, 42, is accused of terrorizing both students and staff at River Bluff High School with violent messages on social media, but Dr. Little said he won't let Raines stop him from keeping his students safe.

"When a parent drops a child off at school, they are entrusting us with their most precious possession," Little said. "As a school district, we understand the magnitude of that trust and we work hard each and every day to make sure that that trust is well placed."

He says Raines has been posting threatening messages directed at students and staff for the last several months.

"The actions of Mr. Raines over the last year has compromised the safety and security of our school community," Little said.

The Lexington man is said to be behind dozens of social media posts and videos threatening to harm students at River Bluff, and in 2016 in he was placed on a No Trespass Notice.

"This meant that he could not be on any Lexington One property for any district-sponsored event," Little said.

But the superintendent says the threats continued and even escalated. Monday, Raines was arrested and charged with unlawful communication.

"When you hear from parents about their children who are scared to drive down the road because they're afraid they're going to be shot – that tells you all you need to know about the environment that he's created around River Bluff High School," Little said.

During Tuesday's bond hearing, bond was set at $1,087.50.

"We appreciate the judge's support in setting the maximum bond and having Mr. Raines have no contact with school district officials in Lexington One," Little said.

Those were the conditions for his bond. Plus, no contact with anyone affiliate with the Lexington One school district. Raines is also expected to remain at least 1,000 yards away from where children gather, and undergo a mental health screening before his release from jail.

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