‘Lowlife postponement:’ Anderson Co. sheriff has strong words for the person behind the school shooting

ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Anderson County Sheriff has strong words for the “lowlife scum” behind a series of false active shooter calls made across South Carolina on Wednesday.

Robert Anderson Middle School was one of the many schools across the state that fell victim to a hoax. Investigators said someone, possibly from a foreign country, called in false active shooter threats in more than a dozen counties.

Sheriff McBride said deputies treated the threat as real until they cleared the entire building.

“I hope parents know, especially in Anderson County: You will never see a response like we saw in Uvalde, Texas,” the sheriff said. “It’s something you never want to see. Whether it’s one of us responding or 300 of us responding, if there’s a legitimate situation like this at a school, we’re going to take them out by any means necessary ways. They won’t survive an encounter with us if they hurt our children, I can assure you of that. And I hope it’s like that throughout the state of South Carolina.”

The sheriff said some of his deputies have children who attend Robert Anderson Middle School. He called it a “ridiculous amount of wasted time and effort” but said everyone was determined to protect students no matter what.

A viewer sent FOX Carolina a photo of the crowd of parents trying to pick up their children during the incident.

A group of parents try to pick up their children after a fake threat of a school shooting was…
A group of parents try to pick up their children after a false threat of a school shooting was called in to Robert Anderson Middle School.(viewer image)

A suspect in the hoax calls has not yet been identified, but local law enforcement, SLED and the FBI are all investigating.

Sheriff McBride said he imagines the suspect is a “lowlife scum probably sitting in his underwear in his grandmother’s basement looking to have a good time trying to instill fear and panic in everyone.”

“But I can tell you whether it’s fake or not or a hoax or not, we’re still going to respond,” McBride said.

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