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LCSO responds to fake bomb threat at LDHS

A message containing a bomb threat was sent to several Laurens District High School students early Tuesday, but the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office had ruled it to be a non-credible threat by mid-morning.

“LCSO has cleared up from the scene and there is no credible threat,” a social media post from the LCSO read at 10:28 a.m. “We will be following up and working with District staff to remedy these types of situations and ensure a safe learning environment.”

At that time, the LCSO said it was still investigating the origin of the threat. When contacted Tuesday afternoon, LCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Snow said there was no further information available on the investigation.

This is the third incident involving Laurens County School District 55 students to occur over the past three weeks. In February, an 6-year-old Laurens Elementary School student brought a loaded handgun to school. A few days later, a 14-year-old male LDHS student was arrested after he brought a handgun to school in his backpack.

No one was hurt in either incident.

Since those incidents, District 55 and local law enforcement officials have held roundtable meetings on school and gun safety. The Laurens Police Department and LCSO supply School Resource Officers to District 55 schools.

“We take this stuff very seriously,” LPD Public Information Office Lt. Scott Franklin said for a previous story on threats at school. “We have to respond as though it’s the worst case even though it may not be.”

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