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Threats evacuate Myrtle Beach schools 2 days in a row

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Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Another threat at Myrtle Beach schools Tuesday caused students to evacuate.

At approximately 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, a note was found in the boys bathroom of Myrtle Beach High School stating there was an explosive device at Myrtle Beach High School, Myrtle Beach Middle School, and Myrtle Beach Intermediate School.

All schools were evacuated and a suspect was identified.

According to Lt. Richard Shoe of Myrtle Beach Police Department, a 15-year-old juvenile has been taken into custody and is being charged with Conveying False Information Regarding Attempted Use of a Destructive Device.

The suspects name is not being released to the public because of the age.

If you were unaware, Myrtle Beach High School was also evacuated Monday morning after a threat was discovered on a bathroom wall, just a few hours before a threat was made against North Myrtle Beach High.

WMBF News received word of the evacuation from a parent of a Myrtle Beach High School student shortly after 9:30 a.m. That parent said the students were evacuated to the middle school.

MB Police spokesman Capt. David Knipes says crews were dispatched to the school for a 'suspicious call.'Officials with Horry County Schools say a bomb threat written on a bathroom wall was discovered Monday morning, prompting the evacuation.

"Around 9:48 this morning we received a call about a bomb threat at MBHS. We sent officers up there, they locked school down, evacuated the students out of the building, and checked out the building," says Capt. Knipes.

After bomb-sniffing dogs cleared the building, students were allowed back in to resume a normal schedule. But parents are still on edge.

"We had such a horrific example of terrorism in Connecticut and you know, we don't need this," says Kevin Wilson.

Other parents at the high school say they are frustrated by today's threat and are anxious sending their kids to school every day.

"We can't throw our kids, our minors in jail. But they need to understand the seriousness of the threatening, of terrorizing our schools," says Wilson.

Parents believe more needs to be done to stop the threats in our schools.

"Different agencies are doing different things because of last week's events. One thing were doing here is having officers on direct patrols, to be up at the cars to be visible," explains Capt. Knipes.

Local law enforcement will be patrolling school parking lots.

"The timing with what happened last week is certainly a concern, but the school is taking every precaution to make sure your children are safe, and we have officers up there," says Capt. Knipes.

"We can train, have these drills, but there's always the unexpected we have to deal with," expresses Wilson.

Police take every threat seriously.

"I think it needs to be taken serious every time because you never know when it's a joke and when it's not," says Rachel Rorie, a high school student.

Students say bomb threats are scary, but they are also afraid of standing up to their peers.

"I think people would be scared to stand up to them if they threatened them or endangered their life," explains Annie Hudacko, a high school student.

There was also a bomb threat made at North Myrtle Beach High School Monday afternoon.

Sgt. Robert Kegler said police have taken a 16-year-old student into custody and no device was found at the school. The suspect's name will not be released due to his age.

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