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'There Will Be Blood in the Snow' Midlands School Threat

11:05 AM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Parents and students were still shaken up Thursday night after a bomb threat was called at Lakewood High School in Sumter.  

Deputies say the student threatened to set off several bombs and then shoot any survivors.

After evacuating the school, SLED and sheriffs deputies searched the building and didn't find any bombs or guns.

Deputies say the 17-year-old suspect sent them emails laying out his plans. 

News 19 also received the emails and one of them said, "lives will be lost...and there will be blood in the snow."

Part of the email read, "I have placed four bombs around the school. They are set to go off at 12:30. You will not find them."

The email also made a threat to shoot surviving students and teachers.

"I didn't know what to think, I just freaked, just like any parent would," said Annette Poston, whose daughter goes to Lakewood.

"We take this seriously as we are well aware, we have seen situations on the news about other schools across the nation and we take this very seriously and we acted upon it," said Major Allen Dailey with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Dailey says that Sumter County deputies arrived on the scene just after 11AM. SLED also brought their bomb squad and searched the school and the suspects home.

"We are in the process of providing any additional assistance to the Sumter Sheriff's Office that they might need and the investigation is ongoing," said SLED Chief Mark Keel.

The 17 year old student was arrested at the school and charged as an adult. William Binner is a student and knows the suspect.

"He is  a cool guy but a threat like that, kind of surprised me," said Binner.

Students evacuated the school and were outside in the cold weather for nearly 3 hours.

Russell Rich's son told him about the evacuation by phone.. Rich is upset that parents weren't notified by the school or district.

"You know they would have known nothing, they would have not known a thing about coming to pick them up and that concerns me because what if it had been a real situation and we would not have known a thing," said Rich.

The Sumter County School district superintendent frank baker released a statement saying in part that the students and staff evacuated the school once they were notified about the threat....and that the students and staff did an excellent job of following emergency management procedures.

SLED is continuing to investigate.

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