FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Three students have been charged after threats were made to two separate Florence School District 1 schools during the first week of classes.
Florence County Sheriff William Barnes made the announcement during a press conference Monday afternoon. He said on the third day of school, a call referencing an active shooter was received at West Florence High School. Two students, one of whom is a West Florence High student, were arrested and charged.
Barnes said a bomb threat was made against South Florence High School on Monday morning. He added a student has been charged in that threat.
“All threats to our schools have got to end,” Barnes said. “The safety and the security of our schools is our top priority.”
Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley said all three students are expelled from the district.
He added in July someone anonymously called Timrod Elementary threatening to shoot up the school.
O’Malley said parents also play a part in keeping your children safe and out of trouble.
“I encourage parents to talk to their children, to go into their room and find out what they’re doing, ensure that they’re using technology correctly," he said.