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Restroom note threatens Wednesday attack at AJHS

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Safety director: ‘We take this event very seriously’

By Hannah Strong

KERSHAW – Students will face metal detectors and heightened police protection Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School after a note was found in a student restroom Tuesday afternoon threatening a shooting at the school.
“We don’t have enough information to say this threat is credible,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District's safety director. “But we take this event very seriously, and we’re going to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”
Students who enter the building Wednesday morning may be subject to metal-detector screening or random checks throughout the day, Vaughn said. The school doesn’t regularly require students to walk through medical detectors.
School district officials contacted the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to notify them about the note. Vaughn said there will be more law officers on campus throughout the day providing additional security on site.
Parents of students at the school received an automated message Tuesday evening so they are aware of the note and how the school is responding to the incident, the release said.
Vaughn said the district is still investigating the timeline to figure out when the note was placed in the bathroom.
Any concerns or information about the incident may be expressed to AJHS at (803) 475-2381, the district safety department at (803) 285-6009, or the sheriff’s department at (803) 283-3388.

Follow reporter Hannah Strong on Twitter @HannahLStrong or contact her at (803) 416-8416.