BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) – The Bluffton Police Department (BPD) announced charges against a Bluffton middle school student on Friday.
The BPD says the charges stem from the discovery of a hand written threat found in the boys restroom at H.E. McCracken Middle School.
Police say investigators, with the help from the school and the school district, were able to identify the student.
“The Bluffton Police Department takes every threat seriously, with the utmost seriousness, and this threat is no different,” said Bluffton Police Chief Stephenie Price.
The student, whose identity has not been released due to his age, faces criminal charges. BPD says the student will be processed through the family court system.
Chief Price says the department continues to investigate an additional threat at Bluffton Middle School.
“There have been other threats along the same lines throughout Beaufort County,” Price said.
Hilton Head High School was on lockdown Friday afternoon after a possible threat of gun violence overhead by a student, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said no guns were found.
News 3 reached out to the Beaufort County School District for information on other threats and is waiting for a response.
For parents, they say it’s a scary and confusion situation. Some chose to keep their kids home on Friday because of the threat.
Superintendent Dr. Frank Rodriguez said he wants parents to know that safety is a top priority for the district.
“This is such an important matter that we take very, very seriously because our schools are a place for learning, a place for safety is important and we take that very, very seriously,” Rodriguez said.
Chief Price said the increased police presence seen at H.E McCracken on Friday will continue in the coming days, along with armed security contracted by the district.
“School is a place of learning,” she said. “It should be a place of safety. We owe it to our community and our students to provide that place of safety for them. Additional security will be in place until the threat or perceived threat comes to a conclusion.”
Police said students and parents can anonymously report threats of violence at school through the See Something, Say Something app.
This week, Richmond Hill High and New Hampstead High also were victims of threats. Officials deemed both threats to be a hoax.
Watch the complete press briefing from Bluffton Police in the video below.