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Edgecombe County School on Alert After Shooting Rumors

Posted April 25, 2008

— Security was heightened at SouthWest Edgecombe High School on Friday after school officials said they heard rumors of a shooting threat.

As a precaution, deputies walked every student though metal detectors, which is not typically done at the school.

Extra deputies were brought in and were expected to remain on campus throughout the day. Additional school administrators were also at the school.

No weapons were found, and there were no plans to cancel any classes or release students early. School officials said they planned to send an alert message to all parents advising them of the situation.


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  • anneonymousone Apr 25, 2008

    I'm a teacher, and the school shootings unnerve me in ways I can not even come close to expressing. I am in no way saying that there should be no news about situations like this, but when there is elaborate coverage of every threat, every list or weapons cache discovered, complete with a timeline of every school shooting that preceded it, THAT is a problem.

    After the Columbine shooting, many media outlets reconsidered their role, and many threats or attacks were reported,not on the front page, but on page 2 or 3 of the newspaper. The public was indeed informed, but with less likelihood of encouraging troubled kids to go out in a "blaze of glory."

  • SOCLOSE Apr 25, 2008

    I believe it was last year at this same school, where I think about 20-25 kids were arrested b/c of fighting. I think the rumors probably had some truth in it, and I'm very thankful that the administrators didn't take the situation lightly. I have a nephew attending that school.

  • Glomae Apr 25, 2008

    "it's really none of my business"

    I think that is commonly what is referred to as news. In any case, unless we are specifically involved with an incident, it is none of our business. However, we all like to be informed of situations and incidents. That is why we have free press in this country-to keep us informed.

  • Justabum Apr 25, 2008

    I disagree about the public's need to know. Unless I am a student, or parent of a student, at the school it's really none of my business. I see no reason that the public should know every detail of everything which happens.

  • JennaRink Apr 25, 2008

    anneonymousone - Who cares if these people see this as a "viable option" to their 15 minutes? My kids GO to this school, and I appreciate the info WRAL is giving. And-I REALLY don't think these 4 little paragraphs are excessive coverage...

  • EKS has gone rogue Apr 25, 2008

    This isn't the first time a threat has occured at this school. I graduated from South West in 01 and I remember threats happening all the time but none were taken as seriously as this one.

  • southern wisdom Apr 25, 2008

    Need to be concerned on those that were absent today. If school administrators knew of the threat the students probably knew of increased security.

  • anneonymousone Apr 25, 2008

    I just commented about it on another article, but it applies here, too. The media need to reconsider how much airtime to give to these threats, because for some people, making a threat or carrying out an attack is a way to get their Warholian fifteen minutes of fame.

    Some people who lack the imagination or courage to make their mark on the world in a positive way may see this as a viable option. Some people who have been bullied and don't see other ways to deal with the pain and humiliation may see this as a viable option. Some people with mental illnesses and brain chemical difficulties may see this as a viable option.

    We need to know, but the coverage could be minimized.