Classes back in session at St. James after bomb threat

St. James High School students evacuated to football field (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
St. James High School students evacuated to football field (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
St. James High School students evacuated to football field (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
St. James High School students evacuated to football field (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) Students are now being let back into St. James High School Tuesday after a note was found indicating there was a bomb in the facility.

According to recent posts on Twitter by Horry County Police Department, the school has been cleared and classes will resume as normal.

After the discovery of the note, students were evacuated to the football field as a safety measure per the school's protocol.

Tuesday's evacuation follows four previous bomb threats at the school within the past two weeks.

According to Horry County schools spokesperson Teal Britton, a custodian at the high school discovered the first bomb threat scribbled on the bathroom stall wall Nov. 29 which read, "I'm going to bomb this school on November 30, 2011." The threat prompted the Horry County Bomb Squad to search the school Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning. Both searches left authorities finding nothing.

A second message was discovered in the restroom at St. James High School Nov. 30, stating "School Better Be Out Dec 1 and Dec 2 Or You Will All Die." The Horry County Bomb Squad responded to the school Dec. 1, clearing the building of any potential dangers, with negative results.

Two new bomb threats were made against St. James High School Dec. 2, resulting in an evacuation of the students. The first threat was discovered on a note in a classroom that read, "There's a bomb in the bathroom." Sgt. Kegler with HCPD says the second threat was made in a phone call.

Tuesday's threat marks the fifth time the school has been targeted by bomb threats in the past two weeks. School officials have not indicated if students will be released early Tuesday due to the threat.

At last acknowledgement from Horry County Police Department the threats were an open investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to use the School Resource Officer's tip line as well as email.

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