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Two local schools heighten security amid rumors of violence

Posted October 28, 2011

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— 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.

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  • rebel66 Oct 28, 2011

    I think it is rediculous they are taking these threats lightly nobody will take it seriously until someone gets shot. My kid goes to Corinth Holders and I think with capasity of students they need more staff and more alertness. Too much fighting and not enought staff. I am a caring parent and my child is an honor student and I refuse to have his safety compromised because the the school can't staff their campus suffiently.

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 28, 2011

    "Um...to answer your question, how about the school system preemptively letting parents know about the perceived threat. That's better than a knock on the door by local law enforcement after the fact saying your child has been shot, killed, raped, etc. by some smug punk kid(s) that thinks the world owes them something...." MeanJoeGreen

    Your comparing rumors with no suspects whatsoever to Columbine? The fact is no one was shot, killed, or raped. The fact is NOTHING happened, it was no more than a facebook game of telephone. It you totally your choice to react, or over-react, and panic as you see fit. Had there been the least bit of credible information I would expect information to be shared, but obviously there was none.

  • lovely6398342 Oct 28, 2011

    okay so on facebook people are saying that triton was on lockdown imm a student there and as far as im concered there was NO lockdown...they are also saying gentry was on lock down

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 28, 2011

    Not surprised that something like this was going to happen , especially on Friday. It'll be touch and go for while now, due overreaction to a concern. These story have popped up in school every year for a while now. Actually the one good thing is now the administration must take some type of action, over the top or not, at least some action instead of turning a blind eye to the problem of gangs activities in the school system.

  • anneonymousone Oct 28, 2011

    Cheezchicken, wolves wouldn't tolerate the horrible things some young people do, and neither should we.

    At the same time, when we see kids acting up at school, they are imitating the "adults" who go to work and shoot former bosses, former wives, or former girlfriends. Their workplace, where they get the biggest audience, is their school.

    And there are many more young people who are working hard, learning academic and social skills that will assist them in becoming creative adult citizens. Sadly, they get less recognition.

  • MeanJoeGreen Oct 28, 2011

    "If they did a robo call what would it say? We've heard from no one in particular that no one specific may or may not do something today." thepeopleschamp

    Wow...you too thepeopleschamp! They didn't call you either. Nobody let you know they were thinking about doing something stupid. I guess if they didn't tell you, it can't be worth worring about. I'm so relieved!

    Um...to answer your question, how about the school system preemptively letting parents know about the perceived threat. That's better than a knock on the door by local law enforcement after the fact saying your child has been shot, killed, raped, etc. by some smug punk kid(s) that thinks the world owes them something....

    "Some of these kids can't make it to class on time half the week, how are they supposed to be able to "schedule" a shooting?" thepeopleschamp

    I don't know. Maybe you could ask the punks that shot that girl at Cape Fear High or maybe the Columbine High punk that shot up the place.

  • billysbrattygirl Oct 28, 2011

    i have 3 kids that go to harnett co schools and this scares me to death.. we send our kids to school to learn and pray that they are safe when they go but it seems to me that its getting worse as the days pass, can we say JOE CLARK come on protect the ones that do care about their futures.

  • bljnnc2004 Oct 28, 2011

    from: Martin Luther King, I have a Dream Speech (August 28, 1963)

    I have a dream that one day, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

    I have a dream today.

    I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

  • thepeopleschamp Oct 28, 2011

    "That wasn't the case with Triton High School. Somebody has some explaining to do. I get mass Robo calls from them all the time for Athletics, pictures, College Day, etc but when there is an event like this they didn't bother to notify me. As a parent of a student in Triton High, it makes me question their decision making skills." MeanJoeGreen

    If they did a robo call what would it say? "We've heard from no one in particular that no one specific may or may not do something today"? It sounds like it was nothing but rumors that were perpetuated by text messages. This was nothing more than an epic game of "telephone". Some of these kids can't make it to class on time half the week, how are they supposed to be able to "schedule" a shooting?

  • cheezchicken Oct 28, 2011

    Nothing says "Quality" like young people who fight, spread rumors and generally do anything to bring attention to themselves.

    Are the kids these days being raised by wolves?

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