UPDATE, 1:30 PM. – According to authorities, after thoroughly sweeping the interior of East Aiken School of the Arts, students and staff have been cleared to move freely inside the campus.
Law enforcement is opening back up the campus, but if any parent/guardian wants to pick up their student early, they are being asked to enter the school from the front entrance only on Old Wagener Road and to follow the directives of law enforcement.
Identification and or a car tag will be needed for early student pickup.
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a East Aiken School of the Arts Thursday morning on Old Wagener Road.
Dispatch has confirmed that a bomb threat was called in to school and it was on lockdown as law enforcement looked for a suspect.
A spokesperson with Aiken County Sheriff Office says that all students at East Aiken School of the Arts are safe. No child has been harmed, according to the spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.
Despite an extensive search, they have been unable to locate anyone in distress on campus or in the vicinity of the school.
The message below is on the school’s website: