• Threat Identification and Assessment

    Threat Identification

    Threats received by the Charleston County School District are thoroughly investigated 24 hours per day.  Students and families are encouraged to report any information that could impact a school directly to a teacher, administrator, school staff member, SRO, or other trusted adult in the school.  Threats can also be reported in one of the following ways:

    • Contact the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Center at (843) 743-7200, especially if information about a threat is discovered after hours.  Local law enforcement will contact the CCSD Security and Emergency Management team 24/7, as needed, to assist in the investigation of a threat.  In case of an emergency, dial 911 immediately.
    • Contact the CCSD SpeakUp Hotline at (877) 250-2790.
    • CCSD students can email a tip from their CCSD email account to speakup@charleston.k12.sc.us.
    • Contact the 24/7 CCSD Security Operations Center at (843) 296-2166.

    Email should not be relied upon to communicate time-sensitive information.  Always report emergencies directly to law enforcement by calling 911.

    CCSD also utilizes a monitoring system that helps detect threatening messages that are transmitted via a CCSD student's district network account or device.

    Threat Assessment

    A formal threat assessment process based on the recommendations of the U.S. Secret Service and the S.C. Department of Education is utilized whenever a student makes a threat against a CCSD school or facility.  The ultimate goal of the assessment is to determine whether or not a student poses a threat and what interventions are necessary to prevent an act of violence from being carried out.  A multi-disciplinary team, which includes members such as a Security and Emergency Management administrator, school mental health provider, school administrator, member of the Office of Exceptional Children, and/or law enforcement, aids in the assessment of threats.