GREENVILLE Co., SC (WSPA) – Carolina High School is off lockdown and deputies are investigating a threat called in to the school.
The caller said pipe bombs were placed in and around the school on Anderson Road and also made mention of coming to the school at 12:15 p.m. to start shooting, according to Lt. Ryan Flood with Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office.
Flood said the caller had a British accent.
A group of parents and other family members had gathered in the parking lot across the street waiting for information from the school and authorities.
The decision to keep students in their existing classrooms during the ordeal led to questions from parents who wondered why the building wasn’t evacuated.
Flood explained that bomb threats present an interesting dynamic and this threat didn’t mention a specific area in the school.
“What we do know is that wherever those students were, in their classrooms, that there has not been any bombs placed there because they or a teacher has been there the whole time,” Flood said.
Around 2:30 p.m. Flood said around 30 deputies and bomb dogs finished their search of the 2-story school and exterior areas and found nothing.
“Nothing has been substantiated to the claims that there were pipe bombs or a shooter,” said Flood.
No one was hurt.
LaTasha Alexander checked her three children out of the school soon after the all-clear was given.
“Relieved! Relieved! I’m less worried. I feel protected. My kids feel protected. All three of them. It’s still a process but all parents are relieved,” said Alexander.
Beth Brotherton, spokesperson for the Greenville County School District said, “We are thankful the process worked with no injured children and that we can all reunite this giant group of parents with their kids tonight and were not another community that is having to bury children.”
Crime Stoppers is seeking tips from anyone who may have information that could help investigators find and arrest the person who called in the threat.
That number is 1-888-CRIME-SC. Your call is anonymous and you may receive award money.
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