RCSD investigating Blythewood hoax threat, no active shooter
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is at the scene of Blythewood High School after reports of a gunshot. Investigators secured the school. RCSD said there is no active shooter and is advising the public to avoid the area.
Sheriff Leon Lott said students and staff at Blythewood followed their safety procedures, “They did a great job.” Lott said this hoax may be linked to a TikTok challenge and that other schools across the state were threatened with similar hoaxes. He explained that the phone call was spoofed and used a program to appear like it was coming from inside the school.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said they believe the threats to be a hoax, but they encourage each investigating agency to take all threats seriously.
Lott said the FBI was assisting with the investigation, “We got the resources of the federal government that’s going to help us out too.”
Attorney General Alan Wilson tweeted that he is disgusted by the recent reports of fake active shooter situations in the state’s schools.
Active shooter situations are taken extremely serious by law enforcement. False claims aren’t a joke and prosecutors across the state will not treat them as jokes.— Alan Wilson (@AGAlanWilson) October 5, 2022
I am disgusted by the recent numerous reports of false active shooter situations at South Carolina schools.
Dr. Baron R. Davis, the Richland Two Superintendent said support will be available for students. Davis asked parents that are concerned about their child’s mental health to reach out to the district to connect with professionals.
Administrators from the R2 school district released a statement on the incident,
“This morning law enforcement responded to a call from an unknown caller that shots had been fired on the Blythewood High School campus. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department responded immediately. The school was placed on lockdown while law enforcement searched the building. RCSD has determined the call was one of three hoax calls made to South Carolina schools this morning. There is no evidence of any gunfire or injuries at the school.”
RCSD said there is no active shooter. The reunification site for families was moved to the visitor’s side of the school football stadium at around noon.
UPDATE from Blythewood High School.— Columbia-Richland Fire Department (@ColaFire) October 5, 2022
The reunification site for students and parents has been moved to the visitors side of the schools football stadium.
Enter the front of the school on Wilson Blvd and follow the traffic. pic.twitter.com/iSFAf6i7wR
Multiple schools across the state also reported threats Wednesday morning.
- Police: ‘Possible emergency situation’ at Burke High School confirmed to be hoax
- Beaufort Co. Sheriff’s Office responds to report of shots fired at Beaufort High, no victims found
- Reported shootings at multiple Horry County schools a hoax, police say
BLYTHEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE: Law enforcement has confirmed that there is no active shooter on campus and the call was a hoax. Students will be released to parents from the stadium at the high school. Please have your id and be patient as traffic will be heavy.@BlythewoodHigh pic.twitter.com/bbqE6HORBg— Richland School District Two (@RichlandTwo) October 5, 2022
ALERT: RCSD is on scene at Blythewood High School after receiving a report that a gunshot was fired. Deputies are securing the school and evaluating the credibility of the threat at this time. Stay clear of the area as it is congested— Richland County Sheriff's Dept. (@RCSD) October 5, 2022
NO ACTIVE SHOOTER AT BLYTHEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL— Richland County Sheriff's Dept. (@RCSD) October 5, 2022
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