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HCPD bomb squad comes back with negative results at St. James

Concerned parents waited for word from HCPD Friday (Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson) Concerned parents waited for word from HCPD Friday (Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson)
Officers help with traffic Friday (Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson) Officers help with traffic Friday (Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson)

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) After two new bomb threats at St. James High School Friday afternoon, Horry County Police say no devices have been found.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said one bomb threat was located as a note in a classroom that read "There's a bomb in the bathroom."

The second threat was called in to the school. All students have been evacuated to the football field. Around 3:45 p.m., parents were allowed to drive up in a single file line to the circle in front of the high school. From there, officers would escort their children from the football field.

Parents were asked to call the Horry County School District for arrangements for their child's dismissal, however, Teal Britton, spokeswoman for Horry County Schools said St. James was managing its own dismissal policy.

Britton said St. James Principal Vann Pennell told her police were not allowing anyone in or out of school grounds during the evacuation.

The Horry County Police Department's Bomb Squad has cleared the building with negative results, as well as the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's bomb unit.

Thursday morning, Horry County Police Department cleared St. James High School for the second day in a row following another bomb threat discovered Wednesday afternoon.

Kegler said the second bomb threat was discovered in the high school in the same restroom where Tuesday's original written threat was discovered.

The second message stated, "School Better Be Out Dec 1 and Dec 2 Or You Will All Die." 

HCPD was at St. James High School Thursday morning and cleared the facility of any potential threats, allowing the school to operate as scheduled.

St. James High School students were searched upon entrance to the school Wednesday morning after the original bomb threat was discovered Tuesday night.

According to Horry County schools spokesperson Teal Britton, a custodian at the high school discovered a bomb threat scribbled on the restroom walls during his nightly routine Tuesday evening.

Britton says Horry County Police were called in Tuesday night and searched the school, but found nothing.

Sgt. Robert Kegler with HCPD confirms that the Horry County Police Department's Bomb Squad responded to a bomb threat at the high school at approximately 10 p.m.

Kegler adds that upon arriving, officials were told by the school custodian that while cleaning a bathroom at the school, he observed writing on the wall that stated "I'm going to bomb this school on November 30, 2011."

In addition, the HCPD Bomb Squad did respond again early Wednesday morning to conduct an additional search, again, finding nothing. 

The school opened Wednesday as normal and the Horry County Police Department's School Resource Officer assigned to the school will be on the property as scheduled, according to Kegler.

The bomb threats at St. James High School remain an open investigation. According to the Horry County Solicitor's Office, anyone convicted of making or conveying a bomb threat faces a minimum penalty of one year in prison to a maximum of ten years.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Horry County Police.

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