School officials said this was a new one on them: a threatening letter left on a teacher's car.
"I've never heard of anything like this before," said Elaine Baker, spokeswoman for the Rock Hill School District.
Rock Hill police said a handwritten note was found on a teacher's windshield as she was leaving Sunset Park Elementary School on Monday.
The letter was only addressed to "teacher" but went on to demand that $700 be left in a bag under a stop sign at the corner off Williamson Street and Friedheim Road on Tuesday morning. That intersection is just outside the school.
The letter claimed to be from a member of the Folk gang. The writer warned the teacher not to contact police, and said a "bad accident" would happen if the teacher did not do what was asked.
Baker said whether the letter was from an adult, or a child's prank, makes little difference.
"We don't treat anything as a prank anymore," Baker said. "There is no such thing as a prank when you're talking about one's safety."
As soon as the teacher read the note left on her car, she took it to the principal, who called police.
The principal of Sunset Park was not available to comment about the letter on Tuesday. Rock Hill police now have it, and are investigating the threat. They did not want to let Channel Nine take pictures of it because of the nature of the threat, and concern for school security.
We're told there are no cameras in the area where the note was left, and so far no eyewitnesses have come forward.
As parents lined up to pick up their children on Tuesday afternoon, several family members said they were surprised to hear that a teacher was a target of such a threat.
"That's not safe, if somebody's doing something like that. Especially to a teacher," said Linda Feaster, in line to pick up her grandchild.
Steve Miley said he hopes police catch whoever wrote the threatening note.
"Teachers don't get the recognition they should anyway, and for something like this to happen, it's a bad deal I think," he said.
Baker said there have been no other threats made against the school or any other teachers.
Though the note claimed to be from a member of the Flok Gang, Rock Hill police are not sure the threat was gang-related.