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S. Florence High students asked not to bring backpacks to building Monday due to threat

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – South Florence High School students are being asked not to bring book bags into the school building on the first day of school Monday after a threat was found on the wall of an area convenience store.

The Florence County Sheriff’s office was first told about the threat towards the high school earlier in the week. WMBF News sat down with Major Mike Nunn with the Sheriff's Office. He said, “I can tell you that these types of threats while they are not common, they are not unusual either, we receive them from time to time, particularly the start of school around exam time, or other times they will pop up.”

The staff members learned the threat was towards the school and planned on the first day of school, Monday, August 15, according to a news release from the school. The school administration and the school’s resource officer were made aware of the threat by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

“We take every one of them seriously, they have varying degrees of credibility and believability, but we treat them all seriously and we are taking proper precaution at this time, as is the school," said Nunn.

Pam Little-McDaniel, the Florence School District 1 spokesperson said, “So when we learn of something we just make sure that our school resource officer is there to assist us and we work hand in hand with our law enforcement community as well.” In Florence School District 1 at every single middle and high school there is a full time resource officer, and a roaming officer at the elementary school level.

“Since student safety is a top priority, Florence School District One takes any threats or rumors seriously, and school officials, along with the Sheriff's Office, are currently in the process of investigating the matter,” the release states. “Specifically, a full investigation and search of the school and its grounds is being conducted, and additional law enforcement presence will be dispatched to the school campus on Monday.

Nunn said, "We want the school day to go uninterrupted without any incident and with as little as police presence as possible, because that’s the way school is supposed to be.”

School will be in session the entire day Monday, but school officials are asking students not to bring book bags into the school building on Monday, or until the investigation into the threat is completed, the release states.

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