West Florence High School to dismiss early following online threat

November 10, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. -- West Florence High School will dismiss students early following a threat that was posted on SnapChat.

“In the interest of keeping our students safe we are going to have an early dismissal at (noon) today,” according to a release sent to West Florence students’ parents and guardians.

“We have already had a number of students signed out which has caused more of a security issue for us. I appreciate your patience in this matter,” West Florence Principal Matthew Dowdell wrote in the release.

“There are currently no known threats at West Florence at this time. In order for us to ensure safety through we feel it is best to have an early dismissal,” Dowdell wrote in the release.

West Florence students were already attending class Friday under a modified code yellow wtih additional Florence County Sheriff’s deputies on campus.

According to a letter sent out to parents and guardians of West Florence students earlier Friday by Dowdell a “threat has been made on SnapChat about West Florence.”

“We are aware of this threat and are taking extra precautions to make sure our students are safe,” Dowdell wrote in the earlier release.

“We are working diligently to get to the bottom of this and will keep you up to date with the situation as we get more information,” Dowdell wrote in the release.

Florence One Schools released a statement that mirrored the school’s release to parents and guardians.

The Morning News has reached out to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

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