Called threat leads to lockdown at Benedict


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials put Benedict College in Columbia on lockdown after someone called the school switchboard and threatened a massacre.

College spokeswoman Kymm Hunter said De-Amontez Valdez called around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and threatened to shoot up the campus. He was angry at another person who was involved in a relationship with a Benedict student. Valdez does not go to the school.

Officials stopped a basketball game on campus until additional Columbia police officers and Richland County deputies could arrive. Students are being asked to stay inside and are being escorted to the cafeteria. No visitors are being allowed, and police will escort spectators from the basketball game when it ends.

Benedict officials have no evidence Valdez is on the campus, or even close to Columbia.

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