Area schools receive copy-cat bomb threats

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Two area schools have recently experienced bomb threats that are thought to be “copy-cat” incidents of a bomb threat at Ware Shoals High School last Thursday.

Tuesday afternoon the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a representative from the Greenville County School District and told that a note was found in the bathroom indicating that a bomb was present at Woodmont Middle School.

Students were sent home due to the time being close to the end of the school day, officials said. The decision to dismiss the students was made by school district personnel.

A search of the school by Sheriff’s Deputies and Fire Department personnel revealed that there was no bomb on the premises.

No one was injured during the incident and school investigators continue to evaluate the threat and attempt to identify a suspect.

A similar incident happened at Wren High School Friday when students were evacuated after a bomb threat was called in.

District One spokesperson Jane Harrison said she thought it was a “copy cat” incident, referring to a bomb threat called in to Ware Shoals High School on Thursday that received national media attention.

Harrison said someone left a note in the school’s bathroom which was found at about 9:15 a.m. “All the students and faculty were evacuated immediately,” she said.

After about an hour of inspecting the school, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office determined it was safe for students to return.

Parents were notified through the Anderson District One Edulink system.

Wren Elementary and Wren Middle schools were placed on “semi-lockdown” during the incident, Harrison said.

ASAP testing has been going on at Wren High School all week, but Friday was a makeup test day, Harrison said.