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A student at Lakewood High School in Sumter was charged after sending a threatening email to police which suspended school for several hours Thursday.

Devontay Richbow, 17, was taken into custody on school grounds after authorities said Richbow sent an email via the use of his personal cell phone to the Sumter police Department stating that he had placed four bombs around Lakewood High School and they were set to go off at 12:30 p.m.

He also stated that he would attempt to shoot as many students and teachers as possible, authorities said.

"Lakewood High School was evacuated immediately upon notification of the bomb threat," said Superintendent J. Frank Baker. "Our students and staff did an excellent job of following the procedures as outlined in the emergency management plan. I commend them for following directions in an orderly manner and for remaining calm."

A bomb squad was called in and found no type of incendiary device.

The student later told investigators it was just a hoax, according to an incident report.

Richbow is facing several charges including: threatened or attempted to use weapon of mass destruction for the act of terrorism not resulting in death, making a bomb threat, disturbing school, and threatening the life of a public official, teacher or principal.

"Sumter School District takes all threats very seriously," Baker said. "We are thankful to the Sumter Sheriff's Department and SLED for their prompt response and thorough investigation."

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