McMaster asks to analyze law enforcement response to school shooting hoaxes statewide

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has called for an analysis of law enforcement’s response to the statewide school shooting hoaxes that have been committed Wednesday.

McMaster sent a letter Friday to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel asking the agency to work with local agencies for the analysis.

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“According to media coverage of the prank calls, hundreds of law enforcement officers and first responders immediately rushed schools, some officers went to campus and ended up inside buildings from school in two minutes,” the letter read. “I believe this situation presents law enforcement across our state with a rare opportunity to learn from this unprecedented incident; to find out what worked best and what can be improved.

McMaster asked SLED to review the response and then provide best practices to law enforcement agencies in public and state school districts.

“We must use this unfortunate event to identify all of our strengths and vulnerabilities and address any identified gaps to ensure the safety of our children, teachers and staff at school,” McMaster said in the letter.

Several schools in the News13 viewing area have been hoaxed.

The so-called crush calls prompted a major police response at Conway High School, Myrtle Beach High School, Myrtle Beach Middle School, as well as Wilson High School in Florence and schools in the Beaufort, Charleston and Columbia areas.