UPDATE: Blackville-Hilda High School put on lockdown after bomb threat

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Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

BARNWELL COUNTY, S.C. -- Blackville-Hilda High School was put on lockdown Monday after school officials learned of a bomb threat.

Students were moved to the gym so the Barnwell County Sheriff's Department could search the school. After searching the building and the student's home, investigators did not find any evidence of a bomb or bomb-making materials.

Superintendent Dr. Teresa Larke Pope says the student typed up a message on a TI-83 Plus calculator at 9:55 a.m. saying, "Whoever is reading this ... there is a bomb in the school."

A teacher read the message and reported it to Principal David Norman, and the school's crisis management plan was set into motion.

"I assure you all precautions were taken and everything is running smoothly and will continue to do so the rest of the day," said Norman in an email to teachers and staff members .

In an email to Board of Education members, Pope says she visited the high school and will be visiting the schools in the district throughout the day "to ensure a safe and normal environment for our students."

In a news release, Pope said, "We are all taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our students and staff."

The Blackville Police Department also assisted the school throughout the day.

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