A woman was arrested Tuesday morning after she was accused of threatening the life of Gov. Nikki Haley, according to police and school officials.
Haley is in the Upstate for a scheduled visit at Liberty Elementary School on North Hillcrest Street in Liberty at 10 a.m.
Pickens County School District spokesman John Eby tells News 4 that a Liberty Elementary parent volunteer made a remark to a staff member about harming the governor, and out of an abundance of caution, the staff member told principal and the principal called police.
The volunteer, 46-year-old Jennifer Phillips, was arrested at school before governor even got there, according to police. Phillips is charged with threatening a public official.
All public officials face scorn, but Haley's had to endure an extra dose of viciousness over the past few years.
Who can forget this vid from May when the outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, Donna Dewitt, took a baseball bat to a Haley pinata at a party?