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Bomb threat closes Raleigh's Broughton High School

Posted May 21, 2014

— Classes were cut short at Broughton High School Wednesday morning after Raleigh police evacuated the school upon a report of a bomb threat.

Broughton High senior Grace Massarelli said she was in second period around 9 a.m. when the principal made an announcement telling students little information other than they needed to leave their classrooms and head to the football field.

"He (said), 'I need everyone to be quiet and listen to me,'" she said. "So, the whole school was silent, and he told us we had to evacuate the school."

By 11 a.m., bus drivers had been summoned back to the school to take students to Martin Middle School, 3 miles away.

The school closed for the day – classes will resume Thursday – and parents were able to pick up their children at the middle school.

"I'm kind of freaked out, because this has never happened in the four years I've been here," Massarelli said. "We've definitely never had to go to another school."

Michelle Jones got a text message from her son before receiving a phone call from the school about the evacuation.

"Panic (went through my mind) as a concerned mother," she said. "Especially with all the tragedies we've had over the years and the shootings at the schools – you don't know what to think."

Authorities said Wednesday afternoon that investigators found nothing at the school, but they declined to release any other details about their investigation.

Renee McCoy, director of public relations for the Wake County Public School System, however, said the decision to transport students from school grounds – at 723 St. Mary's St. – was in the best interest for their safety and was based on "credible information" from police.

Broughton High School has a student population of 2,174. According to its website, classes begin at 7:25 a.m. and run until 2:18 p.m.


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  • James Grimes Jr. May 21, 2014
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    When I went to Western Harnett through 2000, we were evacuated to the football field and were allowed to leave in our own vehicles and our parents didn't have to come sign us off campus. I wonder what the threat-maker stated to make WCPSS evacuate the school as they did versus just to the on-campus football field.

  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast May 21, 2014

    Seriously, what fools are still out there calling/texting/emailing in bomb threats at schools? Come on, grow up already. These kids have missed enough school this year due to the weather. Of course these threats need to be taken seriously, but I wish the fools who fake these threats would be caught and prosecuted. It's frustrating to see these stories way too often!

  • Obamacare returns again May 21, 2014

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    Probably so the smokers could smoke in front of the flower shop. That should narrow down the school's potential suspect list.

  • Bobby Medlin May 21, 2014
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    One question, has a bomb ever gone off at any school in NC or America ? We need better tech to trace these calls and punish the pranksters.

  • steelcity36 May 21, 2014

    I'm pretty sure Martin Middle is designated and stocked with supplies as an emergency shelter for Wake County Schools. When I was student in Apex schools we evacuated to Martin if there was a Nuclear Meltdown at Sharon Harris. We actually practiced the evacuation when Sharon Harris first came online.
    WCPSS did what they thought was proper in this instance, but it is setting a dangerous precedent as now any deranged kid who wants to delay a Final exam knows by calling in a bomb threat it means evacuating offsite and closing school for the day.

  • Guy Percy May 21, 2014
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    I went there 86-88 and we had bomb threats every few weeks. Never got to go home, only wait outside for a few hours. We would try to flag down the CAT buses that went by.

  • Hippy_mom May 21, 2014

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    Okay, how about "don't blame it on kids who aren't from the affluent part of the county"?

  • cbabob May 21, 2014

    Maybe you shouldn't skip over the fact that Daniels has very little space compared to Martin. 2000 is not an insignificant number.

  • umop apisdn May 21, 2014

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    I'm 100% certain you don't know what inner city kids are. Raleigh doesn't have inner city kids, it barely (if at all) has an inner city.

  • a-moment-of-truth May 21, 2014

    Story needs updating. Cause NOW its being reported that any kid remaining at Martin will be TAKEN HOME BY BUS. AND I am going to skip over the fact that these kids coulda been taken to DANIELS if it was such an emerg. to "get them to safety" which is A MILE away vs. 3 Miles away to Martin. GOOD DAY to ya...