Students report multiple threats in Beaufort County schools

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) — School officials and officers responded to several reports of threats in Beaufort County on Friday.

Hilton Head Island Middle School was placed on a “brief modified lockdown” from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BSCO).

BCSO says students were overheard talking about passing around a gun.

School administrators, Resource Officers and BCSO deputies searched the “affected area” of the school.

BCSO says there was no gun or any other type of weapon found. The incident remains under investigation.

The sheriff’s office is also looking into a Facebook post that surfaced on Friday.

According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, the post read “Hilton Head Island Middle School! Possible Shooter on the Grounds! #IslandPacket.”

BCSO says there is no truth to the Facebook post.

Investigators were able to identify, locate and interview the subject responsible for the post, which was quickly taken down.

“The subject advised that they assumed there was a ‘possible shooter’ and posted it on Facebook after a family member told them about the increased law enforcement presence on campus,” a statement from BCSO reads.

The subject was also told about a threat written on the bathroom wall at the middle school warning of “killings” on Friday.

Authorities have since determined there was no discernable threat to students. As of Friday afternoon, the subject who posted the false information had not been criminally charged.

According to Beaufort County School District officials, administrators were also alerted to two other reports of possible threats.

At the time of dismissal, Broad River Elementary School in Beaufort was placed on a modified lockdown after students reported hearing gunshots.

BCSO deputies investigated and found no evidence of gunshots.

Meanwhile, as Beaufort Middle School was preparing to dismiss students reported a possible threat written in a bathroom stall.

Officials say police are investigating the threat and there will be additional law enforcement on campus at Beaufort Middle School next week.“A common thread at all of these schools was that students immediately notified adults when they had safety concerns,” said Jim Foster, Director of Communications for the Beaufort County School District. “That’s what we teach students to do, and that’s what they did yesterday and today. We treat every student report very seriously.

Foster noted that the district will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies in an effort to prioritize the safety of students and staff.

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