Blythewood High School phone threat

(Photo Credit: Columbia-Richland Fire Department)

Schools in South Carolina faced alarming threats Wednesday from hoax phone calls about an active shooter. All reports of a shooter were found to be fake, but the incidents caused many schools to be temporarily locked down until safety was confirmed by law enforcement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is aware of the numerous incidents, known as 'swatting.' According to the FBI, similar incidents have occurred recently across the country.

The FBI released a statement on the incidents saying:

The FBI takes swatting very seriously because it puts innocent people at risk. While we have no information to indicate a specific and credible threat, we will continue to work with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to gather, share, and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention.

South Carolina Coalition for Safer Schools also released a statement on the various hoax calls in the state:

While all reports of active shooters on campuses were fortunately found to be fake, the trauma inflicted on students, educators, families, and law enforcement officers is and remains very real.

The public is urged by the FBI to remain on the lookout and report suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately.

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