Two local schools heighten security amid rumors of violence
Posted October 28, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Additional security was in place at two local high schools Friday after rumored reports of potential violence.
Patricia Lewis, a spokeswoman with Harnett County schools, said administrators at Triton High School in Erwin heightened the presence of security there after an anonymous tip that a group of people might be "settling a score" after an incident earlier in the week that happened off campus.
Officers from the Erwin Police Department and Dunn Police Department were also assigned to the school as a precaution.
Lewis stressed nothing has happened at Triton High, despite rumors. Students noticing the heightened security have contacted their parents, she said, and many parents picked their children up early.
Corinth Holders High School in Wendell also added extra security.
Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said there was no truth to rumors of racially motivated fights there but that security was increased because of rumors of possible violence.
The heightened security comes after a violent week at schools in the area.
Caitlyn Abercrombie, 15, was in critical condition Friday after being shot in the neck at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville.
Two classmates – Charles Underwood Jr., 15, and Ta'Von McLaurin, 18 – are charged in the shooting.
North Carolina State University officials also put the campus on a lockdown for a few minutes Friday morning as a precaution after a Capital Bank at nearby Cameron Village. A suspect was later arrested on the campus.
And in Greenville, S.C., 10 schools were on lockdown after a gunman fired at a police officer and ran into nearby woods.
Officials said the lockdown at the schools was a precaution and that none of the students or
teachers appeared to be in danger.
No one was injured in that shooting, authorities said.