The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office and Orangeburg Department of Public Safety increased their presence at area schools on Thursday after a “possible threat” appeared on social media.
“We acted on information provided to us. Thankfully, no incidents occurred at any of our schools related this morning’s concerns,” sheriff’s office spokesman Richard Walker said.
Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 spokesman Bill Clark said officials were responding to a possible threat of a “potential shooting incident.” He didn’t disclose the exact origin of it.
“Although there were rumors to the contrary, there were no incidents at any of our schools today,” Clark said.
He said, “The district became aware of anonymous threats being made on social media that referenced two of our schools: Clark Middle School and Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. This information was shared with law enforcement and as a precaution, additional law enforcement resources have been provided at these schools.
“The district takes all security threats seriously and coordinates with law enforcement whenever security concerns arise.”
While there were rumors that Clark Middle was on lockdown, Clark said it wasn’t.
“All of the schools in the district have their outside doors locked during the school day. Visitors to the schools must be identified before the doors are unlocked and they are permitted to enter,” he said.
Clark said the district is aware that some parents removed students at various times throughout the day, but he wasn’t immediately sure how many.