Report of Summerville High student with weapon false, school confirms

Published: Sep. 1, 2023 at 12:29 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2023 at 4:06 PM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County School District 2 says it has lifted a hold that was in place at Summerville High School based on what it called “a potential threat” has been lifted.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. Principal Dr. Michelle Leviner sent an email to parents that the hold began after school administrators received a report of a student with a possible weapon inside the building.

“School administration immediately responded, removed the student from the classroom, and along with Summerville Police, began to investigate the report,” the email stated. “The student involved has cooperated fully with our investigation and the report was determined by the Summerville Police to be unfounded.”

An initial message went to parents at 12:19 p.m. explaining only that the school was on a hold.

The district says during a hold, students and teachers are to clear the hallways and remain in the classroom or area until an all-clear is given. Adults should close and lock their doors and account for all students and adults. But teaching should continue as normal.

Approximately a half-hour after parents received the initial message, the district sent a follow-up in which district spokesman Matthew Kenwright said the report was false.

“Please be reassured that Summerville High School’s top priority is the safety of our students and staff. We are extremely grateful for the response of our staff and students during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions,” Leviner’s email stated.