HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – Local and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating a threat that was made against Hanahan High School on Wednesday.
Students are now in class following a 2-hour delay Wednesday morning after parents reported seeing a massive law enforcement response near the school.
According to the Berkeley County School District, a call came into the Hanahan Transportation Office and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office threatening the school campus.
Hanahan Police Chief Dennis Turner said the initial call came in just before 7:00 a.m. from a male who made threats against the school.
While the district or law enforcement did not believe the threat to be credible, all threats made towards campuses are taken seriously and that is why local police and sheriff’s agencies responded to the school.
The Hanahan Police Department was alerted of the threat and quickly responded to evacuate, search and secure the building while additional law enforcement officials were assigned to other areas schools out of a precaution.
Chief Turner said it was unclear what type of threat was made or how it was made. “You can’t take any chances. The safety of our students and the school is of utmost importance, but a thorough search of the building and the grounds has been completed.”
Investigators are still working to determine who made the calls, but Chief Turner said he has spoken with federal officials about the threats.
“The sheriff has been in contact with me, federal entities have been in contact with me to see what we needed and working together, but I can assure this is a very safe campus,” he said.
Berkeley County School Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram said he wants to see whoever is responsible for the threats prosecuted to the maximum degree.
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Hanahan Police, Hanahan Fire and Charleston County EMS all responded with assets, including a CCSO helicopter, to help get the building clear and locked down.