School principal uses Facebook to inform parents of threats

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) Another Horry County has joined the ever-growing list of those affected by bomb threats this school year.

On Friday, Whittemore Park Middle School was evacuated as a precaution following a bomb threat phoned into the school's office from inside the school, according to post by the principal on their Facebook page.

The school's principal, Robbie Watkins, posted the following message on Whittemore Park Middle School's Facebook wall at approximately 2:15 p.m. Friday.

Dear Parents:

In an effort to keep you informed about school events, I am contacting you to let you know that our school was evacuated for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes today. Shortly after showing students a video message about the damaging consequences of making threats to schools, a threat was called into the office from inside the school itself. In an abundance of caution, we evacuated the school and followed our safety procedures. After the building and grounds were searched, we resumed our regular schedule.

We are actively investigating this incident. We hope you will encourage your child to come forward if he or she has any information about today's event. Please join us in reminding students that threats to schools can come with severe consequences, including a one-year (12-month) expulsion from school, arrest, and sentences served at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, or jail, upon conviction.

Our school is safe. Today's incident gave us an opportunity to practice our procedures. We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our students, staff and parents and we will do everything possible to identify the person or persons responsible for making the threat. Thank you for your support.

Robbie Watkins
Whittemore Park Middle School

It's unknown right now if any students have come forward with information about the incident. Any information about the threat should be reported by calling 915-SROS.

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