Here are the latest press releases from BLUFFTON POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Bluffton High School Students are in Lock-Down After 17-Year-Old Student Told Teacher He Had Weapons
17-Year Old Male Student is In Custody/All Students Are Safe
SLED, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Bluffton Fire Department are Assisting Bluffton Police Department Finalize Search of Building/All Activities Are of A Precautionary Nature
Bluffton Police Department has a 17-year-old male student in custody this morning after he spoke to a teacher earlier today and admitted he had weapons in his clothing. The teacher and guidance counselors alerted law enforcement and school officials. Bluffton High School immediately executed a lock-down until law enforcement could search the building, specific rooms and each student.
Bluffton Police Department, with the assistance of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Bluffton Fire Department and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, are conducting more precautionary searches of the building to assure all students, teachers, parents and the community that the threat is contained and no other threat exists within Bluffton High School.
Statement from Bluffton Police Chief, Joey Reynolds:
“All students are safe and the student who made the threat is in custody,” Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds said. “We believe everyone is safe, however is it our job to take every precaution regardless of the inconveniences which may be a byproduct of our mission to protect each resident of the Town.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we finish our searches. It is important to mention that many things went right today. It is always concerning when we have a potential threat against our students and our schools; however it is also reassuring that teachers, administrators and the students, themselves, are aligned with safety procedures and they were executed nearly perfectly today.
“We will have more information forthcoming as the investigation and precautionary measures are conducted.”
Bluffton Police Department Releases Law Enforcement Perimeter Around Bluffton High School at Mid-Day After 17-Year-Old Student Told Teacher He Had Weapons on Himself This Morning
17-Year-Old Student Is In Custody
As of 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Bluffton Chief Joey Reynolds released the law enforcement perimeter around Bluffton High School today.
Statement from Chief Joey Reynolds:
“We feel very satisfied Bluffton High School is safe from any threat after several searches were conducted by Bluffton Police Department officers, deputies from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the firemen from the Bluffton Fire Department. As of 12: 20 p.m., I have released the law enforcement perimeter around Bluffton High School. This will allow parents to come on school property and pick up their students, if they choose.
“We will continue to conduct more searches throughout the day.
“We thank every student and their parents for their patience today. Our job is to ensure a safe environment and we realize there are moments of concern for everyone involved as we gather information. Our objective, in all critical incidents, is to be thorough and that takes time.
“Today’s incident also indicates our schools have effective procedures in place that produce safe, successful and positive outcomes. We thank everyone for their cooperative and on behalf of every officer, I thank you."