School officials: No lockdown, but suspicious object blocked campus entrance

Posted April 29, 2013 10:57 am | Filed under Featured, Local News

A suspicious package resting atop a rock outside Rock Hill High School campus led to a closure of at least one campus driveway early Monday morning.

At 8:50 a.m., York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris says deputies received a call from a School Resource Officer who was called to check out the suspicious device, thought to be an iPod.

“As a precaution, the entrance to the school was blocked,” said Rock Hill Schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker, “but the school was not placed on lockdown as there was no threat to the school.”

Faris said the Rock Hill Police Department Bomb Squad was called to investigate the package, which turned out to be several 9-volt batteries taped together with a protruding green wire.

Baker said deputies also conducted a sweep of the school to determine if any other suspicious objects were on the property.

Baker said parents were notified of the incident via a ParentLink phone call from the school’s principal.