Hilton Head High placed on lockdown after a school shooting threat, officials say

Hilton Head Island High School has been placed on a modified lockdown due to a school shooting threat posted on social media, according to officials.

The high school went into the lockdown at about 12:30 p.m., according to a district news release.

“There are no specifics but it caused enough concern, we needed to secure students so we could investigate, as time is always of essence,” Amanda O’Nan, principal at Hilton Head High, wrote in an email to parents.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s deputies were on campus Friday afternoon gathering information and interviewing students.

“We investigate every threat as credible until proven otherwise,” said Capt. Bob Bromage, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office. “… But the school is secured and the students are safe.”

This is the second time in past three days Hilton Head High has faced a school shooting scare.

On Tuesday, a student reported a “a nonspecific threat posted on social media” to school administrators.

As a precautionary measure, additional law enforcement were on campus Wednesday but no lockdown took place.

During a modified lockdown, students continue to change classes throughout the day but they are more closely monitored and outdoor activities are suspended, according to the district news release

At least 14 threats have been made against a school in the district since the start of the 2019-20 school year.

This story will be updated as more details become available.