Lockdown lifted at Berkeley High School after series of incidents on and near campus Friday

Berkeley County News

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) – A lockdown has been lifted following a series of incidents that happened on and near the Berkeley High School campus Friday.

Chief Communication Officer for the Berkeley County School District, Katie Tanner, said law enforcement first responded to the school Friday afternoon for two altercations between students. This altercation, though, did not prompt a lockdown.

“These are isolated incidents and did not lead to the initiation of a lockdown,” a message to parents said. “Administration is following all district policy and procedure to address the matter.”

A third student altercation happened a short time later, which also did not cause a lockdown, according to Tanner.

The lockdown was implemented after district officials received information from law enforcement that they had received a call concerning the potential that someone may be outside the campus and may have a weapon.

Tanner said law enforcement searched the entire building and determined there was no threat to the campus and that the report was unsubstantiated.

After the school was placed on lockdown and law enforcement began their search, a student experienced a medical emergency – that was unrelated to the incidents – and EMS responded to help.

District officials say Friday’s incidents had nothing to do with posts that circulated on social media Thursday. The posts were investigated and determined to be unsubstantiated.

“School is safe, and I think you saw the response today that even unsubstantiated reports of threats, we’re going to take those seriously,” said Tanner. “It’s inconvenient and causes some angst in the community when schools are placed on lockdown, but lockdowns are put in place to protect students so we will always take those steps.”

The lockdown lasted for approximately two hours.

Meanwhile, the varsity football game scheduled for Friday night between Berkeley High and Cane Bay has been rescheduled for Saturday at noon. Spectators will not be allowed at that game.

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