BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) — Deputies say a violent threat sent to Whale Branch Middle School Thursday afternoon was a hoax.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) said the threat was called in and the school was placed on lockdown. The call was sent in from someone outside of the area, BCSO said.

The lockdown has been lifted.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is reported.