West Florence High lockdown lifted

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – West Florence High School was on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after a loaded magazine clip was discovered in a student’s bookbag.

Florence School District One Spokesperson Pam Little-McDaniel confirms that a school deputy was told of a student possibly having bullets at the school. The deputy and assistant principal removed the student who was said to have the ammunition from class.

Little-McDaniel says the student admitted to having a loaded magazine clip, which was removed from the student’s bookbag. The student, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody by the School Resource Officer.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office says while the magazine and bullets were found at the school, no handgun was located. Deputies are currently at the school but there is “no known threat,” according to Major Mike Nunn with the sheriff’s office.

Parents began showing up at West Florence High School to remove their children from the school but were reportedly not allowed to enter as the school was in lockdown mode.

Several parents reached out to News13, one sending a video of about 20 parents waiting outside the school entrance. 

WBTW inquired to school district officials when parents would be permitted to remove their children from the school, but an answer was not given. Parents were seen leaving with their children just after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Little-McDaniel says school dismissal will be conducted as normal Wednesday afternoon.

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