BCSD: Lockdowns lifted at 3 schools after 'threatening' text

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The three Berkeley County schools that went on lockdown Wednesday morning have resumed normal operations, the school district has confirmed.

A text message that was considered threatening in nature was received by a student at Sedgefield Middle School, Berkeley County School District spokesperson Katie Orvin said.

As a precaution, she said, schools in close proximity to Sedgefield Middle, including Sedgefield Intermediate and Goose Creek High School, were placed on administrative lockdown at approximately 9:45 a.m. while authorities investigated.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., lockdowns at the three schools were lifted.

Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said deputies were working with the school district's safety and security officer, Tim Knight, to determine the text message's validity.

Orvin said putting the schools under administrative lockdown was a precautionary measure to ensure student safety.

Authorities say the investigation is still in its early stages.

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