Investigators said they have arrested two teenagers in connection with a bomb threat made against Newberry High School on Monday.
Newberry County deputies said someone called in the threat to the school's main line just before 11 a.m. Monday. Deputies evacuated the school and brought in bomb-sniffing dogs to search the property.
Deputies said no suspicious devices were found and the threat did not appear substantial, though every precaution was taken to protect students, faculty and the community. A short time later an all-clear was given, allowing students and faculty to return to their normal schedule.
"This reaction to this incident from all aspects of public safety could not have gone better," said Sheriff Lee Foster. "Everyone responded quickly and because we already had a great plan in place, we were able to work together to quickly and safely get the students and staff to a safe location."
Prior to school starting Tuesday, law enforcement searched the campus again and were on hand to keep students and faculty safe.
By Tuesday night, deputies said they had arrested two accused of making the threats.
Seventeen-year-old Daisha Kibler and a 16-year-old girl were arrested charged with conveying a bomb threat. If convicted, Kibler faces a between one and 10 years in prison. Unless the court decides otherwise, the minor will be tried in Family Court.
Foster said that the sheriff's office will also seek restitution for the manpower, equipment and other costs associated with the response to the threat.
"It is not fair for the taxpayer to be forced to pay for the wrong doing of another, so whenever possible, we seek restitution for the costs associated with such an event," Foster said.
He also said that more arrests are possible in the case.
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