These Schools Keep Getting Fake Phone Calls About School Shootings

South Carolina: Fake calls about school shootings – WYFF4 Greenville

Schools across Horry County and South Carolina were locked down Wednesday morning amid phony calls about an active shooter, authorities said. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster called the threats “unnecessary and just ridiculous” and said they are a crime.

The FBI and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division released statements about the incidents on Wednesday afternoon. They urge the public to remain vigilant and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately.

Anderson County Schools says a call was placed to law enforcement claiming there was an active shooter at Robert Anderson Middle School. The call was a hoax. Law enforcement still responded to the report of an active shooter, and the school was searched as a precaution.

Another threat was made to the Laurens High School, but officers quickly determined that there was no active threat. The school district sent extra staff and law enforcement to the high school as a precaution, and is now investigating the source of the original called-in threat.

An additional hoax call was made to Blythewood High School in Richland County Wednesday morning, and the school was placed on lockdown while law enforcement searched the building. There was no evidence of any gunfire or injuries at the school.

Authorities in South Carolina have been attempting to navigate the frustration of diligently responding to shooting reports amidst false information. For additional insight on this story, check out the news outlets below.

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