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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) -- Students and parents in Brunswick County were on edge for a while today. West Brunswick High slammed its doors shut this morning after talk of a bomb. It was just a scare, but the principal says you can never be too safe, especially when it comes to the safety of the students. Cindy Cribb came to pick up her daughter at West Brunswick High after the school had a bomb scare wednesday morning. "It's a big relief, but still I came and got her just the fact that I know she's with me in case something would happen out through the remainder of the day," said Cindy Cribb, as she picked up her daughter from school. West Brunswick's principal says a student overheard classmates talking about a bomb. That student quickly told the administration, and the school went into a lock down and later evacuated. Administrators and law enforcement then cleared the school room by room. "We orchestrated an investigation as a team in groups of five or more," principal Jamal Woods said. "We walked through swept the building. Came up empty. We debriefed one another and then went about our day." The scare took about an hour and half away from the school. As for parents they were alerted about the situation through an automated phone message. "I think they handled it very well, because you never know if it is the real thing," Cribb said. The West Brunswick lockdown came a day after a scare just across the state line in South Carolina. A student shot a school resource officer at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach. A search of that school revealed explosives planted inside. Despite nothing being found at West Brunswick, the principal gives credit to the student who reported what he heard. "I did thank him personally for letting us know and being honest with us and forthcoming with the information, and I even let him know that he did save lives today," Woods said. Administrators and staff will be keeping a close eye on their campus and taking extra precautions to make sure the campus remains safe.

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