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Threat to do harm to school causes lock outs, law enforcement response

Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – A threat to do harm to one of Lexington District One’s elementary schools caused that school to be evacuated and others to be put on lockout. Forts Pond Elementary was threatened early Friday and school administrators immediately put their policy for such situations into play. They notified the Pelion Police Department who were assisted by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and agents from SLED. Out of an abundance of caution, other schools in the Pelion area were put on lockout.

Children were moved to another area school where they were warm, dry, and reportedly watching Christmas movies. They were under the supervision of the school’s full staff and had been fed. They have since been returned to Forts Pond according to parents.

The school district was communicating with parents as they could through their phone and text system. They were saying very little because they were allowing law enforcement to handle their job with interaction from their staff as requested. Once the entire story is compiled, they will probably release more. They were fully cooperating with the police.

Parents were urged at first to stay away from the campus while officers went about their duties. There is no indication that ANYONE was been injured or anything had taken place that would injure anyone.

School District One always takes these threats seriously and works diligently to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Hopefully, later today, we will receive more information from law enforcement or the district regarding this entire situation.

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