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Karyn Goldberg remains frustrated authorities will not let her take her child out of school. Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds expects to allow parents to get students between 1-2pm if they want. Otherwise, the school day will resume. Karyn Goldberg remains frustrated authorities will not let her take her child out of school. Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds expects to allow parents to get students between 1-2pm if they want. Otherwise, the school day will resume.
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UPDATE: 17 year-old Austen Almeida will be treated as an adult according to South Carolina laws. He is facing multiple charge for yesterday's incident. Among them- bomb posession or manufacutring an explosive device, carrying a weapon onto school property, unlawful carrying of a firearm, and disturbing schools.

At a bond hearing this morning, it was revealed that almeida was armed with a loaded 9-millimeter glock handgun, a 2-liter container of gasoline, and a dozen knives.

"The judge makes a decision on two factors, flight risk and danger to the community. I was concerned that Mr. Almeida is a danger to the community and I asked him to deny bond, he did, the judge did deny bond, Mr. Almeida will be held at the Beaufort County Detention Center without bond at this point," said Solicitor Duffie Stone.

Bond was denied. The judge also ordered a mental evaluation. Almeida could appear before a grand jury as early as next month. The charge of possesing a bomb carries a 15-year maximum sentence while the others generally carry 5-years max.

UPDATE:  Almeida is charged with: Carrying a Weapon onto School Property, Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, Disturbing Schools, Bomb possession, manufacturing of an explosive device.  Investigators say he brought the following to school: 2 liter bottle of gasoline, a loaded glock 9mm handgun with two additional clips, 12 knives with blades at least 2 inches long, lighter fluid, and a lighter.

UPDATE:  Bond was denied today for 17 year-old Austen Almeida, who's charged with bringing multiple weapons into Bluffton High School Wednesday. Beaufort County Solicitor Duffie Stone asked Judge Ned Tupper to deny bond for Almeida saying he was a danger to the community. Stone tells NEWS 3 that the prosecution is gathering their evidence in preparation for the next hearing which is set to be in June. Almeida's family refused to comment.

UPDATE 4:50pm:  The student, identified as seventeen (17) year old Austen Almeida, a senior at Bluffton High School, was taken into custody by police.  At the time, he was carrying on his person multiple knives with blades at least 2 inches long, a loaded Glock 22 handgun, gasoline, lighter fluid, and a lighter.

Almeida has been charged with Carrying a Weapon onto School Property, Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, and Disturbing Schools.  He has been transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center.  A bond hearing will most likely take place at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

 

UPDATE 1:58pm: Bluffton Police Department Releases Law Enforcement Perimeter Around Bluffton High School.

 

 

Student With Multiple Weapons Puts Bluffton High on Lockdown

Bluffton High School remains on "modified lockdown" after an incident this morning. Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds said a 17-year old male senior at the school was acting suspiciously through conversations and body language.

  Multiple weapons were found on the student, though officials will not say what those are. Officials say no explosives were on the student, however the bomb squad is on scene. Principal Mark Dievendorf said that is just a precautionary measure. Dievendorf said many rumors are circulating that are making their job harder. He wants parents to understand their children are safe, the student is in custody and they believe he acted alone. Several parents outside the school Wednesday morning were upset officials would not let parents pick their students up from school.

  Chief Reynolds told parents that would complicate the investigation and he anticipates allowing parents to get their kids around 1-2pm. Earlier nearby H.E. McCracken Middle School and Bluffton Elementary were on modified lockdown but later resumed with their normal school day.

   In a statement released this afternoon, Chief Reynolds says:

"We thank every student and their parents for their patience today.  Our job is to ensure a safe environment and we realize there are moments of concern for everyone involved as we gather information.  Our objective, in all critical incidents, is to be thorough and that takes time." 

Picture: Karyn Goldberg remains frustrated authorities will not let her take her child out of school. Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds expects to allow parents to get students between 1-2pm if they want. Otherwise, the school day will resume.

 

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