MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) — A Berkeley County student is facing charges following a lockdown at Berkeley High School.
Authorities arrested a17-year-old male who is a student at the school. He’s currently being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
At about 9:50 a.m. on Monday, June 4, authorities responded to Berkeley High School after receiving a 911 call about someone on campus with a gun.
The school immediately went into lockdown, according Moncks Corner Police Chief Rick Ollic.
An investigation revealed the last name of the person who made the call. The threat was determined to be baseless and unsubstantiated.
“Our agency always takes any threat to the safety of our students and school staff to be serious and whether real or false the person(s) responsible will be held accountable for their actions by being criminally charged.”Chief Ollic added.
Students were safe throughout the incident.
The Berkeley County School District released the following statement:
During a crisis, or when we must take precautionary measures related to a potential crisis, the most reliable information will always come from law enforcement and/or Berkeley County School District.
Information will be released in a way that does not hinder the investigation of law enforcement or put the safety of children at risk.
While we want all those connected to Berkeley County School District to find peace of mind during and after such situations, it is crucial that we do not let our communication interfere with those working to secure our campuses and protect our children.
We ask that you please help us by choosing not to share or repeat unfounded and unconfirmed rumors of matters involving school safety. We are committed to providing timely, accurate information to our parents and guardians first. If you are not receiving our calls or text messages, please contact your child’s school to ensure that we have your correct contact information in our system. Please also encourage those close to you to follow us, and their child’s school, on Facebook and Twitter so that they always have access to the most accurate information pertaining to student safety.
The lockdown was initiated after Berkeley Co Dispatch received info from a caller that there may be a weapon on campus. After a thorough investigation + search, law enforcement located the person who made the call and determined the report was baseless + unsubstantiated. #chsnews https://t.co/AhYWa444RP— BCSD Schools (@bcsdschools) June 4, 2018