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Swansea High School closed Thursday afternoon due to bomb scare

Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) – Swansea High School was closed sometime around noon Thursday because someone scribbled an anonymous bomb threat on a bathroom wall. Officers from the Swansea Police Department and deputies from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene and it was decided that the entire school would be evacuated out of an abundance of caution. Students that drive to school were permitted to leave in their own vehicles. Car-riders and bus-riders were ferried to Swansea Freshman Academy on I.W. Hutto road where parents could either pick them up or their buses would run their normal routes.

According to Swansea Police Chief Cliff Hayes, St. Matthews Road (SC 6) was closed as the sheriff department’s bomb squad led the response to the threat. Chief Hayes said that the sheriff department’s South Region Commander Captain Kevin Howard was on the scene assisting and the highway will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The school district is cooperating in the investigation. We will continue to update this story as we learn more.

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