Crime & Public Safety

Bluffton High student arrested for threatening 'joke'

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A 17-year-old Bluffton High School student was arrested Monday morning on a charge of disturbing schools after a group text message he sent said he had heard someone was going to "shoot up" the school that day, according to police.

The student admitted to officers he had sent the message, but that he was "only joking," a Bluffton Police Department news release said.

The student was charged with disturbing schools, a misdemeanor, and taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Anyone with further information about the incident can call Investigator David Murphy at 843-706-4513. Anonymous tips can be given by calling the Crime Tip Line at 843-706-4560.

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