School officials: Bus driver didn’t know about South Pointe lock down

Posted February 22, 2013 1:37 am | Filed under Featured, Local News

Rock Hill School officials say a lack of communication is what led to a school bus dropping off students at South Pointe High School Wednesday amidst a campus-wide lock down.

Police say a Tweet threatening violence after school is what led to the abrupt lock down — but district leaders say a bus driver transporting students from the Applied Technology Center never got that message.

District spokeswoman Elaine Baker said students were allowed to disembark — but in the hours since — those policies have changed

Baker said the bus driver did notice the increased presence but told WRHI’s Andrew Kiel the driver still allowed the students to head inside the campus.

15 police officers responded to the South Pointe campus that was locked down for nearly a half hour.

Baker says in future campus lock downs, an additional step has been added to notify the transportation department — and if bus drivers see any police activity, students will not be allowed to disembark.