HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Horry County Police have now charged a 12-year-old student with making a bomb threat Friday morning at St. James Middle School.
Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said officers responded to St. James Middle School around 10:45 a.m. after a note on a bathroom wall was found stating a bomb would go off in the school.
Students and staff were then evacuated from the school as officers swept the building for any devices. None were located and everyone was allowed back inside sometime before 1:30 p.m., according to Teal Britton with Horry County Schools.
Parents were encouraged to call the Horry County School District concerning their children at the school during the evacuation, the Horry County Police Department said via Twitter Friday morning.
Investigators worked with the school resource officer to identify and locate a 12-year-old student reportedly responsible for the threat. He was charged with conveying false information regarding attempted use of a destructive device and released into the custody of his parents, Kegler said.
Issuing a bomb threat carries a penalty of up to a decade in prison.