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Midland Valley High School bomb threat deemed ‘unsubstantiated’ after police sweep

October 9, 2018

Midland Valley High School was evacuated Monday after a bomb threat was made.

The threat was discovered on a school bathroom wall around noon that day, according to a statement made by Carl White, the principal. A threat was reported twice, according to a more recent statement issued by Kristie Brooks, the assistant principal.

Both statements were posted to the high school’s website Monday afternoon.

At around 1:30 p.m., Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Abdullah said the Sheriff’s Office was investigating the threat and was sweeping through the school.

The bomb threat was eventually determined to be “unsubstantiated,” according to White’s statement. The school resumed normal operations after an “extensive search by police and their K-9 unit,” according to Brooks.

“We appreciate the collaboration with law enforcement and the continued support of our parents and community as we stand together in keeping Midland Valley a safe place to learn and work,” White’s statement reads. “Parents and students please be reminded that we take every incident and every threat seriously.”

It is not immediately clear who made the threat. Follow-up inquiries made to the Sheriff’s Office were not immediately returned.

According to the principal’s message, “pranks of any kind that threaten” the school “will not be tolerated.”

“While some may feel these actions are only pranks, they are extremely disruptive to the school day and are treated very seriously, especially with regard to student discipline and consequences,” Brooks’ statement reads. “We do not want your student to experience a disruption or potential unwanted disciplinary consequences.”

An increased police presence at the school was maintained through the end of the school day because of the threat, according to Brooks. The assistant principal’s statement describes it as an effort made in an “overabundance of caution.”

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