Bartow County sheriff’s media release: Jacob Clifford Scarborough, 18, of Hartwell has been charged with Cruelty to Children in the first degree (Felony), Harassing Phone Calls; other form of electronic communication (Misdemeanors) and Terroristic Threats (Misdemeanor) following an investigation into an incident which occurred on Wednesday, Aug. 26, according to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap.
At the time of the incident, Bartow County Campus Police Department and the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office were investigating an incident which occurred at Cass High School on Monday, Aug. 24, which stemmed from the current political environment in the U.S. Several students were expelled from the school for a period of time as a result of the altercation.
Scarborough who has no known ties to the Bartow County School System or any of the student(s) within the Bartow County School System, sent several messages directly to one of the juvenile victim through Snap Chat and Instagram social media platforms, threatening to cause harm to the juvenile upon her returning to school, harming African Americans and other derogatory racial slurs.
Scarborough was taken into custody by authorities in Hart County on Aug. 31 and he is currently in the Hart County Jail where he awaits to be transported to the Bartow County
Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center.
- Update: He was booked into the Bartow County Jail at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1.
The following post, about the original incident, is from Cass High Principal Steve Revard:
Cass High Students,
I want to take a few moments to directly address an incident that occurred on campus yesterday
morning and challenge you all to play your part in making sure something similar never happens again.
As you are likely already aware, there was a school disruption before school that resulted in disciplinary
action for all students involved. Fortunately, the incident was addressed and handled before school even
started, and we continued throughout the day on campus incident-free.
Moving forward, please be advised that flags, signs, hats while indoors, or any other item that violates
our Dress Code or creates a school disruption, will not be permitted anywhere on our campus. It’s
crucial you be aware that consequences will be rendered, and all items will be confiscated immediately
for anyone that violates this policy.
I cannot encourage you enough to work with adults in the building to take action in a meaningful way
that gives you a platform and a voice to advocate and generate awareness to causes you are passionate
about – in a positive way that improves our school. But we will not get in the habit – like others – of
hiding behind social media accounts and spreading hurtful, false, or distorted information.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation circulating on social media that hurt your school and your
peers. There are even people posing as Cass students simply to bait you on social media and make you
afraid to come to school. Many of these individuals have never even stepped foot on our campus and
certainly do not have your best interest in mind. Their information has been turned over to law
Remember, this is your school, so if you see something that distracts from your learning, makes you feel
unsafe, and takes away from all the great things happening at Cass, let us know. There are many ways to
get better, and it starts with you, the student, knowing that you can make a positive change through
your voice and with the support and guidance of the educators in this building. We truly care about you,
will support you in a safe and positive environment, and help lift your voice, while upholding our
standards for student safety in a high achieving academic environment.
So, students, let’s start by focusing on what we can control, which is staying in touch with your teachers,
counselors, and administration, while not allowing other negative influences on or off campus distract
Loving Blue and Living Gold and accomplishing your goals. Also, remember—my door is always