BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A 16-year-old Cane Bay High School student has died after suffering from a so-called ‘medical emergency’ on campus, according to the Berkeley County School District.

Authorities were dispatched to the school just before midday Friday after receiving reports of an incident on the campus.

The school was placed on lockdown, but school officials said there was no danger to the campus or students.

In a statement to parents, the school’s principal said the Cane Bay High School community had experienced the loss of one of its students. “Our hearts are with his family and many friends during this difficult time,” said Principal Tim McDowell.

The lockdown has since been lifted and all students are safe and accounted for.

Berkeley County Coroner George Oliver said the 16-year-old was found deceased in a car in the student parking lot.

McDowell said although the school will resume its normal lunch and class schedule, the school and district are prepared with grief counselors to meet the needs of our school community. 

Coroner Oliver said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, SLED and the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office are investigating.