South Carolina teens facing charges over anthrax hoax

Two South Carolina high school students are facing possible expulsion and charges following a prank that involved a suspicious package found at St. James High School in Horry County.

Horry County police reported that authorities were called to St. James High School on Thursday at around 3:15 p.m. School officials had called 911 following the discovery of a suspicious package.

The Horry County fire department isolated the package, which was taken into police custody for testing later on Thursday, Horry County police spokesman Sgt. Robert Kegler told

St. James High principal Joe Dowling told police that four students said they had found a note reading "Bomb. I have laced this letter has anthrax, have a nice day and you will die a slow and painful death," according to a police report released on Friday.

The note that the four students found was signed by another student, who told police that a different student had given him the note reading simply "Bomb." The unnamed student said that he then wrote the rest of the note.

The student who had written "Bomb" was not found in the school, police said, and his parents were contacted.

The four students who found the note were checked out by the Horry County Fire Rescue's Hazmat team and subsequently released to their parents.

A magistrate will decide whether or not to issue an arrest warrant for the two students involved in the hoax.