May 2, 2013 - UPDATE
BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL INCIDENT
At approximately the Bluffton Police Department responded to
The student, identified as seventeen (17) year old Austen Almida, a senior at
Almida has been charged with Carrying a Weapon onto School Property, Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, and
Law enforcement from the Bluffton Police Department, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, as well as members of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit from Marine Corp Air Station, Bluffton Township Fire Department, EMS, and District School officials responded to take all necessary precautions. No students or teachers were harmed during this incident. The school was placed on lockdown while law enforcement conducted searches to exclude any further threats. This included searches by the Sheriff’s Office, SLED, and EOD bomb units.
Bluffton Police Department wants to acknowledge the assistance and teamwork of all the agencies that responded today.
May 1, 2013
Bluffton High School Students are in Lock-Down After 17-Year-Old Student Told Teacher He Had Weapons
17-Year Old Male Student is In Custody/All Students Are Safe
SLED, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Bluffton Fire Department are Assisting Bluffton Police Department Finalize Search of Building/All Activities Are of A Precautionary Nature
Bluffton Police Department has a 17-year-old male student in custody this morning after he spoke to a teacher earlier today and admitted he had weapons in his clothing. The teacher and guidance counselors alerted law enforcement and school officials. Bluffton High School immediately executed a lock-down until law enforcement could search the building, specific rooms and each student.
Bluffton Police Department, with the assistance of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Bluffton Fire Department and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, are conducting more precautionary searches of the building to assure all students, teachers, parents and the community that the threat is contained and no other threat exists within Bluffton High School.
Statement from Bluffton Police Chief, Joey Reynolds:
“All students are safe and the student who made the threat is in custody,” Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds said. “We believe everyone is safe, however is it our job to take every precaution regardless of the inconveniences which may be a byproduct of our mission to protect each resident of the Town.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we finish our searches. It is important to mention that many things went right today. It is always concerning when we have a potential threat against our students and our schools; however it is also reassuring that teachers, administrators and the students, themselves, are aligned with safety procedures and they were executed nearly perfectly today.
“We will have more information forthcoming as the investigation and precautionary measures are conducted.”
Chief Joey Reynolds
Bluffton Police Department
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910