UPDATE 2:24 p.m. — The lockdown for all three schools has been lifted after law enforcement gave the all-clear.
ORIGINAL STORY: DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – Southside Early Childhood Center, Hartsville Middle School and Bay Road Elementary School have been locked down as a precaution after gunshots were reported in a neighborhood near one of the schools.
Gunshots were reportedly heard in a neighborhood near Southside Early Childhood Center, forcing the three schools to be locked down, according to the district.
There has not been any reported threats to the schools, is merely a precaution and everyone is safe, according to the district.
No one is allowed to enter or leave the schools until law enforcement officers have given the “all-clear” and the lockdown is lifted.
Parents will be notified when the lockdown is lifted.
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