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Update: Lockdown lifted at Hilton Head High after school shooting rumor, officials say

School lockdowns: What’s the difference between a modified vs. full lockdown?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines two types of lockdowns used in schools across the country — modified and full lockdowns. Here's when each is typically used, and what they mean for staff and students.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines two types of lockdowns used in schools across the country — modified and full lockdowns. Here's when each is typically used, and what they mean for staff and students.

A modified lockdown at Hilton Head Island High School was lifted at 3:15 p.m. Friday, according to officials.

The high school went into the lockdown at about 12:30 p.m. Friday due to rumors that a student carrying a firearm on school property, according to Bob Bromage, spokesperson for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement lifted the lockdown after talking to students and determining the rumor was “unsubstantiated,” Bromage said.

No firearms were found on the campus.

This is the second time in past three days Hilton Head High has faced a school shooting scare.

On Tuesday, a student reported a a “nonspecific” threat posted on social media to school administrators.

As a precautionary measure, additional law enforcement were on campus Wednesday.

During a modified lockdown, students continue to change classes throughout the day but they are more closely monitored and outdoor activities are suspended, according to the district news release.

At least 14 threats have been made against a school in the district since the start of the 2018-19 school year, including at least six on social media.

Last weekend, a 14-year-old Bluffton High School student posted a photo on Instagram of a gun inside of a backpack with the caption “I’m going to become a school shooter tomorrow.”

The Bluffton Police Department, which was notified by the Federal Bureau of Investigations about it, announced Monday that the student would not be charged.

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