Deputies identify students who prompted Cane Bay school lockdowns

Published: Mar. 13, 2015 at 2:33 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 13, 2015 at 7:26 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The two males who caused Cane Bay High School and two other schools to go on lockdown Friday morning were students at a different high school, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

Neither the students' names nor the school they attend have been released.

Berkeley County School District officials placed Cane Bay High School on full lockdown and Cane Bay Elementary and Middle Schools on administrative lockdown at 10:05 a.m. while deputies investigated a report of trespassing, according to district spokesman Chip Sturgis.

Based on initial reports, a Cane Bay High School student opened a lock door and allowed the two males to enter the school, Sturgis said. The males were seen in the hallways and left the building on foot, he said.

Cane Bay High School went from full lockdown to administrative lockdown at 10:48 a.m., Sturgis said. The three schools remained on administrative lockdown until 11:16 a.m. when deputies confirmed they had taken the two males into custody.

According to school district documents, "administrative lockdown" is ordered when there is a problem within or near the school, including cases of law enforcement activity near campus or unidentified people on campus. Students are confined within classrooms and not permitted to leave the school building or move from building to building on campus.

A "full lockdown" is the most serious action school officials can initiate, the documents state, and can be initiated in cases of potentially dangerous intruders on campus or during threats. It involves more secure steps to keep students safe and away from any potential harm.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Capt. Rick Ollic says the reports indicated the trespassing involved school children and there was no threat.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the situation.

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