VA man accused of calling White Knoll HS bomb threat | News
LEXINGTON, SC (WIS)- A Virginia man is under arrest, accused of calling a bomb threat into White Knoll High School in Lexington Monday.
Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said 20-year-old Tyler Hering of Bristow, VA, was arrested Tuesday by the Prince William County Police Department.
Metts said detectives with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department and Loudon County (VA) Police Department developed information that Hering was involved in communicating the bomb threat at White Knoll High School. Detectives provided that information to Prince William County Police Department detectives because Hering lives in Prince William County.
Prince William County Police Department detectives searched Hering's home Tuesday and arrested him on a state charge in Virginia of communicating a threat to bomb a place of assembly or building. Under Virginia law, the charge is a felony.
Sheriff Metts said Hering was being held without bond at the Prince William County Adult Detention Center.
Hering will not face charges in Lexington County because Hering communicated the bomb threat from his home in Virginia, Metts said.
It appears that Hering randomly selected to communicate the bomb threat at White Knoll High School, Metts said. Hering does not have any established ties to White Knoll High School or anyone in the Lexington community or any other community in South Carolina.
Because of the threat, White Knoll High School dismissed early Monday.
Mary Beth Hill, chief communication officer for Lexington County School District One, said the district received what law enforcement believed to be a "prank bomb threat."
"In light of everything happening across the world, we've decided to be extremely cautious and dismiss school," said Hill.
In response and in accordance with its procedures, the school notified the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, accounted for every student on campus and evacuated the building, said Hill.
Students who drove to school were to get into their cars and leave immediately.Buses were also to leave immediately from the school.
Car riders went across the street to wait for their parents at Life Springs Church.
A Lexington County Sheriff's Department spokesperson said deputies searched the school, but did not find any items that could be used to harm students, faculty or staff at the school.
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