Law enforcement takes precaution at NAHS with social media threat

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Thursday, April 20th, 2017 News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O'Clock

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A threat turning out not to be real, still a concern for parents at North Augusta High School.

"Had two texts last night from concerned friends saying have you seen this, have you heard of this," Mary Beth Cooper said, her son goes to North Augusta High School."

In response, law enforcement beefed up their presence at North Augusta High School, after this threat made the rounds on social media. But Cooper says she still chose to send her son to school despite other parent's concerns.

"There are a lot of bad things that do happen, but we can't all live in a bubble and I can't protect him all the time," she said.

She says law enforcement's presence this morning made the decision easier, but even with the threat turning out not to be real North Augusta Public Safety has to investigate thoroughly.

"A lot of stuff was put on social media, but the important thing was to make sure if there was a threat, you know a lot of people saying there was something supposed to happen," North Augusta Public Safety Sargent Luke Sherman said.

But the investigation doesn't start on social media, it starts at the school.

"There were people that were named that possibly have made threats, so we went out there and conducted interviews and an investigation into that matter," Sherman said.

By last night officers were able to say the threat was not real, but precautions continued into today with a hard lock down.

"The lock down was just to keep the kids out of the hallways so the dogs could do their work," Sherman said, "Specifically looking for, things like firearms, bombs, things they are trained to sniff."

Despite the threat being ruled out, anytime a threat is made Cooper says it has to be taken seriously, just in case.

"Any threat I think should be taken and looked into thoroughly, so that they can weed out the ones that are not credible," Cooper said.

The district says North Augusta High School had about 550 absentee students today, which a third of the nearly 1,500 students at the school.

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