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      Threat called in for Marlboro County High School

      A threat was called into the office of the SC Department of Education regarding possible trouble at Marlboro County High School Wednesday, according to Bennettsville Police Chief Larry McNeil.

      McNeil says they've investigated and there is nothing to the threat.

      He adds additional police are at the school just as a precaution, but assures parents their children are safe.

      The call was left on the voicemail box of the SC Department of Education's toll free Ombudsman number in the Office of Exceptional Children at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Department of Education's spokesperson Dino Teppara.

      The caller was a man and said, "There's going to be hell to pay at Marlboro County High School tomorrow," Teppara said.

      The caller did not leave a name, telephone number or other identifiable information.

      "Out of abundance of caution, we took immediate action and notified school district leadership, the Sheriff's Department and SLED. We all worked together as one team to safely resolve this situation. When it comes to our children we're not taking any chances with their safety and take seriously these types of threats," said Teppara.

      The Marlboro County Sheriff's Office is investigating who made the call.