A student's false report of a gunman at Berkeley High School caused a stir Monday morning as police locked down the campus and searched the building.
Moncks Corner police officers and Berkeley County sheriff's deputies responded about 9:50 a.m. after someone called 911 and said there was a gunman on campus before hanging up.
Moncks Corner Police Chief Rick Ollic said officers initiated an active shooter response but quickly determined the report was baseless. Their investigation led to the arrest of 17-year-old Cooper Smith, who is accused of making the call from a classroom on another student's phone.
Smith was arrested and charged with filing a false police report of a felony and unlawful use of 911.
"We cannot take these situations lightly," Ollic said.
Students resumed their normal schedule within an hour of the 911 call.
The Berkeley County School District posted on social media that the lockdown was a precautionary measure and asked parents and guardians "not to share or repeat unfounded and unconfirmed rumors of matters involving school safety" during such situations.