Black Water Middle cleared after bomb threat evacuation

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) Black Water Middle School students headed back to class minutes before regular dismissal after being evacuated from the school Thursday afternoon when a bomb threat was found in the facility.

Teal Britton, Spokesperson for Horry County Schools, says a note was discovered by a student and given to a teacher.

Black Water Middle School Student Jaden Knox said the experience left her frightened and uncomfortable in the heat.

"It was very hot and I was a little scared the school would blow up," Knox said.

The school was evacuated at 1:50 p.m., and the school was cleared of any danger around 2:47 p.m.

Black Water Principal Cindy Thibodeau told a WMBF News crew on scene that they have taken extreme measures in the past two weeks to prevent bomb threats. They do not allow students to go to the bathroom on their own, but take group bathrooms breaks between classes and the mirrors have been removed to discourage loitering.

The principal said they reminded students when the school was cleared that bomb threats are not a joke and asked that anyone with information come forward.

Staff at Black Water Middle School were working to question the nearly 30 students that stepped forward with information about the bomb threat moments before school was dismissed.

"I'm not kidding," Thibodeau said.  "I'm going to estimate thirty children were in front of the office saying I know something."

Horry County Police and the bomb squad responded to school, clearing the facility of any potential danger.

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