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Update 6:49 p.m.: WJCL spoke with parents and students impacted by Wednesday’s lockdown.Everyone said it was a scary situation.”I was very freaked out,” said Dani Jenkins, a parent.”It was kind of scary because I didn’t know what was going on and there were a lot of rumors,” said Azarea Wilson, a student.Nikki Johnson has a daughter at the school. She said, ” was concerned, she really wasn’t sure what was going on. She, of course, has heard multiple different things like rumors going around the school as to what really happened so its been rough on her, she’s in ninth grade.”The Beaufort County Mayor reassured everyone on Wednesday that investigators will do what they can to track down whoever is responsible.”I know that law enforcement personnel will not stop until we find the folks who are responsible for the chaos and heartbreak that was caused morning,” Mayor Stephen Murray said.The Hampton Police Department announced Wednesday that approximately 2:15 p.m., they also received a 911 call of an intruder/possible shooter at Hampton Elementary School. The threat was not deemed to be credible. HPD said no intrusion or shooting took place and said a juvenile is being questioned in reference to this incident.They said this appears to be an isolated incident and not connected to the statewide school shooting hoax. Update 3:30 p.m.: The Beaufort Police Department issued the following statement regarding Wednesday’s incident.”The Beaufort Police Department received a phone call at 9:27 a.m. today reporting that there was an active shooter at Beaufort High School. Within three minutes, there were police officers at the school, Police Chief Dale McDorman said at a press conference at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office today. The call was a hoax, but before that was determined, police officers and sheriff’s deputies swarmed the school to make sure that students and staff were safe.“I’ve never been prouder of the men and women of law enforcement in my life,” Chief McDorman said. “I saw officers and deputies running toward the front doors of the school. They did exactly what they’ve been trained to do.”Also responding were the FBI and ATF, the Port Royal Police Department, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and a U.S. military police K9 unit, McDorman said.A joint investigation of the false alarm will take place by the Beaufort PD, the Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. The false alarm today was one of 22 received by schools in South Carolina today, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said, which is the reason that the FBI will be involved in the investigation.About 40 officers were inside the school at one point, McDorman said, as they cleared the school room by room. More than 80 first responders were at the scene. McDorman, Tanner and Mayor Stephen Murray praised the students and staff at Beaufort High School for their quick response.“Our students responded quickly and well,” said Beaufort County School District Supervisor Frank Rodriguez. “This is why the training we do is so important.” The students were bused to the Beaufort High School stadium, where they were reunited with their parents.“Fortunately this was a false alarm,” said Mayor Stephen Murray, who was also at the scene. “But it’s also good training. Hug your kids tonight.”Sheriff Tanner said that the response was “exceptional” but that the various agencies would review their actions over the next several days to see what could be improved. He said that all 911 data would be turned over to the FBI.More than 1,000 students attend Beaufort High School, Tanner noted, adding, “We could not be more proud of our kids.””Update 2 p.m.: The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference providing an update on the investigation. Watch it in full below.Update 1:15 p.m.: The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has issued a statement regarding Wednesday’s incidents throughout the state.”The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is aware of school threats across South Carolina.SLED is evaluating the credibility of these threats.While at this time the threats are believed to be a hoax, SLED encourages each jurisdiction to take any and all threats seriously.SLED is actively working with our state and federal law enforcement partners.”Update 1 p.m.: Gov. Henry McMaster was questioned about the string of similar incidents throughout the state during a visit in Greenville.Update: As of 11:11 a.m., emergency services have completed clearance of Beaufort High School and no gunshot victims have been found. Nor was a shooter found. Student reunification plan in progress. The origin of the original call is being investigated. Below: Raw video: Beaufort High after report of shots firedInitial report: The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Beaufort City Police Department, and other first responders are on scene at Beaufort High School for a report of shots fired.The call came in at approximately 9:30 a.m.Emergency services are actively clearing the school. At this time, no victims have been located.

Update 6:49 p.m.: WJCL spoke with parents and students impacted by Wednesday’s lockdown.

Everyone said it was a scary situation.

“I was very freaked out,” said Dani Jenkins, a parent.

“It was kind of scary because I didn’t know what was going on and there were a lot of rumors,” said Azarea Wilson, a student.

Nikki Johnson has a daughter at the school. She said, “[My daughter] was concerned, she really wasn’t sure what was going on. She, of course, has heard multiple different things like rumors going around the school as to what really happened so its been rough on her, she’s in ninth grade.”

The Beaufort County Mayor reassured everyone on Wednesday that investigators will do what they can to track down whoever is responsible.

“I know that law enforcement personnel will not stop until we find the folks who are responsible for the chaos and heartbreak that was caused [Wednesday] morning,” Mayor Stephen Murray said.

The Hampton Police Department announced Wednesday that approximately 2:15 p.m., they also received a 911 call of an intruder/possible shooter at Hampton Elementary School.

The threat was not deemed to be credible. HPD said no intrusion or shooting took place and said a juvenile is being questioned in reference to this incident.

They said this appears to be an isolated incident and not connected to the statewide school shooting hoax.

Update 3:30 p.m.: The Beaufort Police Department issued the following statement regarding Wednesday’s incident.

The Beaufort Police Department received a phone call at 9:27 a.m. today reporting that there was an active shooter at Beaufort High School. Within three minutes, there were police officers at the school, Police Chief Dale McDorman said at a press conference at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office today. The call was a hoax, but before that was determined, police officers and sheriff’s deputies swarmed the school to make sure that students and staff were safe.

“I’ve never been prouder of the men and women of law enforcement in my life,” Chief McDorman said. “I saw officers and deputies running toward the front doors of the school. They did exactly what they’ve been trained to do.”

Also responding were the FBI and ATF, the Port Royal Police Department, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and a U.S. military police K9 unit, McDorman said.

A joint investigation of the false alarm will take place by the Beaufort PD, the Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. The false alarm today was one of 22 received by schools in South Carolina today, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said, which is the reason that the FBI will be involved in the investigation.

About 40 officers were inside the school at one point, McDorman said, as they cleared the school room by room. More than 80 first responders were at the scene. McDorman, Tanner and Mayor Stephen Murray praised the students and staff at Beaufort High School for their quick response.

“Our students responded quickly and well,” said Beaufort County School District Supervisor Frank Rodriguez. “This is why the training we do is so important.” The students were bused to the Beaufort High School stadium, where they were reunited with their parents.

“Fortunately this was a false alarm,” said Mayor Stephen Murray, who was also at the scene. “But it’s also good training. Hug your kids tonight.”

Sheriff Tanner said that the response was “exceptional” but that the various agencies would review their actions over the next several days to see what could be improved. He said that all 911 data would be turned over to the FBI.

More than 1,000 students attend Beaufort High School, Tanner noted, adding, “We could not be more proud of our kids.””

Update 2 p.m.: The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference providing an update on the investigation. Watch it in full below.

Update 1:15 p.m.: The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has issued a statement regarding Wednesday’s incidents throughout the state.

“The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is aware of school threats across South Carolina.

SLED is evaluating the credibility of these threats.

While at this time the threats are believed to be a hoax, SLED encourages each jurisdiction to take any and all threats seriously.

SLED is actively working with our state and federal law enforcement partners.”

Update 1 p.m.: Gov. Henry McMaster was questioned about the string of similar incidents throughout the state during a visit in Greenville.

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Update: As of 11:11 a.m., emergency services have completed clearance of Beaufort High School and no gunshot victims have been found. Nor was a shooter found. Student reunification plan in progress. The origin of the original call is being investigated.

Below: Raw video: Beaufort High after report of shots fired

Initial report: The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Beaufort City Police Department, and other first responders are on scene at Beaufort High School for a report of shots fired.

The call came in at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Emergency services are actively clearing the school. At this time, no victims have been located.

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