No victims, no shooter at Beaufort High School, deputies say

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says no victims or shooters were found during a search of Beaufort High School Wednesday morning.
Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 11:37 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2022 at 5:55 PM EDT
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BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCSC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says no victims or shooters were found during a search of Beaufort High School Wednesday morning.

Law enforcement agencies responded to the school Wednesday morning after receiving reports of shots fired.

Deputies say they are actively investigating the origin of the original call.

Deputies say they responded to the call around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Officers with the Beaufort Police Department and other agencies also responded.

Responding agencies cleared the school and officials with the Beaufort County School District a coordinating a reunification plan for students and parents, deputies said.

In a news conference later in the day, Sheriff PJ Tanner said since the FBI is involved they cannot speak to the possible consequences for whoever called in the phony tip but says they will be held accountable.

“Obviously, what we are dealing with here, they have access to things that they shouldn’t have access to, and they are using it for the wrong reasons,” Tanner said. “So when we identify those people who are doing that, then we need to find them a new place to live, and that is the department of corrections.”

False reports across the state

Multiple false reports of active shooters at schools were called into law enforcement agencies across the state Wednesday including calls in Charleston County, Richland County and multiple schools in the Grand Strand and Upstate regions.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says they are aware of school threats across the state on Wednesday and are evaluating the credibility of the threats.

“While at this time the threats are believed to be a hoax, SLED encourages each jurisdiction to take any and all threats seriously,” the agency said in a statement.

SLED says they are working with local and federal law enforcement partners and asks anyone with information to contact their local law enforcement agency.