Cleveland High beefs up law enforcement after threat

Posted February 18, 2016
Updated February 19, 2016

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— Cleveland High School students saw a police presence on campus Thursday after what Principal Kendrick Byrd called "an alleged threat of violence."

In an email to parents Wednesday evening, Byrd referenced rumors of threats.

Students and parents shared social media postings that including images of guns and knives and read "every one at Cleveland high school gonna die tomorrow."

In his email, Byrd said school administrators were aware of the threats, had investigated them along with law enforcement and had determined them to be unsubstantiated.

"Administration investigated the information provided immediately and involved law enforcement, following all processes and procedures. I want you to be assured that a threat has not substantiated. Once again, we have no confirmed threat," Byrd wrote.

"However, out of an abundance of caution, law enforcement will have a presence on our campus tomorrow."

Byrd encouraged parents to send students to school, but absences, about 70 on an average day, spiked. About 600 students missed class on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the Johnston County schools.

"Please reinforce to your child that if they see or hear something they feel is inappropriate, to please share that information with the first adult in which they come in contact to help us continue to maintain a safe and orderly school. We also ask that you encourage your child talk to an adult if they have any concerns regarding this situation," Byrd wrote.


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  • Craig Elliott Feb 18, 2016
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    My son was in class at CHS but, by his report, very few others were. Obviously it's each parent's call, but in the absence of a credible threat we made the decision to send him...crazy world we live in these days.

    Besides, hims need al the edjucatin he can gets.

  • Michael Respole Feb 18, 2016
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    thinking the principal from what I understand doesn't take garbage from the students. I sent my child today figuring this would be the safest day all school year. My understanding is mission accomplished for whoever put the "threat" in place, cause the school was empty of kids that run their tell their helicopter "parents" what to do.

  • Dan Brusk Feb 18, 2016
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    Dr. Croom needs to look at this new principle. Things have gotten out of control.