Writing on the wall of a girl’s bathroom at Hilton Head Island Middle School advising students to skip school Friday because there would be “killings,” prompted students to notify school administrators of a potential threat, though no weapons have been found.
Officials contacted the school resource officer, leading to an investigation that is still active, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office news release.
“Although there has been no information obtained to substantiate the threat at this time; the investigation is ongoing,” according to a release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
The Beaufort County School District put out its own statement that said school officials are conducting an internal review. Any disciplinary action to students will follow the district’s Student Code of Conduct.
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“There will be an increased Sheriff’s Department presence on (Hilton Head Middle’s) campus for the remainder of the week,” according to the district’s news release.
Parents are being notified by phone, the release said.
Fears have been heightened across the country in the week after a mass shooting at a Florida high school where 17 students and teachers were killed.
On Tuesday, a Lady’s Island Middle School student with a BB pistol in his backpack was stopped early Tuesday morning before he entered the building.
May River High School parents contacted the Bluffton school officials Tuesday morning about a possible threat on campus, but Beaufort County School District assured the community they had no information about a credible threat to students’ safety.
Anyone with information on the identity of the person that wrote the threat on the bathroom wall should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 843-524-2777 or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC.