Ware Shoals High School is located at 56 S. Greenwood Ave. (April 19, 2012/FOX Carolina)
WARE SHOALS, SC (FOX Carolina) -
School district officials said Ware Shoals High School students were evacuated Thursday morning after a custodian found a bomb threat written on a bathroom wall, interrupting high school exit exams.
Seventh through 12th grade students were sent home because of the threat, which was found scribbled on a wall at the high school about 8:30 a.m., according to District Director of Support Services for Ware Shoals School District 51 Arlene O'Dell.
The Greenwood County school is located at 56 S. Greenwood Ave.
O'Dell said students were evacuated to the high school football stadium to wait for parents to come pick them up. Students not picked up were transported at 11:30 a.m. off campus to the Larry Traynham building, which is the old National Guard armory. Student drivers were released at that time.
Parents were called and notified, according to O'Dell. The students were fed at the old armory and then were released at normal time if they couldn't get home.
O'Dell said Ware Shoals police and SLED investigated the incident and searched the building with dogs prior to allowing students back in.
As of 1:30 p.m., SLED had cleared the school after finding nothing and teachers were back at work. The principal was reviewing surveillance with law enforcement.
FOX Carolina spoke with a senior student who said someone writes a threat on a bathroom wall almost every year.
District Superintendent Dr. Fay Sprouse said that they are working to find out who was responsible for writing the threat, and they will punish that person according to the law.
Sprouse said they have not had a disruptive threat for about two years. The student responsible then was carried away in cuffs.
According to Sprouse, the district treats every threat seriously, following their policies accordingly, and they can't assume it is a prank. She said whoever is responsible will face consequences.
If students hear things, Sprouse said she hopes they come forward with information. She said the exit exams will be rescheduled for a later date.
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