Authorities are investigating a fabricated active shooter call at South Middle School in Lancaster

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LANCASTER, SC — Authorities are investigating a fabricated active shooter call at South Middle School in Lancaster. Investigators say the report was similar to other fabricated active shooter reports at various South Carolina schools.

Lancaster County Public Safety Communications received a 911 call at 11:35 a.m. reporting an active shooter at South Middle School on Billings Drive. Dozens of law enforcement officers immediately took action and responded to the school.

The school was placed under lock and key and officers cleared the campus building by building. Authorities say they found no shooter or weapon. They also found no unauthorized persons on campus.

Investigators say they believe the incident was fabricated and similar to other incidents at several South Carolina schools this morning.

The sheriff’s office said it would investigate the bogus call and take appropriate action regarding the person(s) involved.

All students and staff are safe and no injuries have been reported, according to a news release.

Authorities say they do not believe there is an active threat to students or employees at any school in the district. Parents are discouraged from coming to South Middle School or any other school in the district to pick up students.

The school day will continue. According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office, parents who intend to pick up their students from South Middle School should drive to the car driver queue in an orderly fashion and await instructions.

No further information has been released at this time. Check back for updates.

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