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High School, College Closed After Suspicious Package Found

Posted January 29, 2007

— A community college and a high school were shut down part of Monday after a suspicious package with a threatening note was found, officials said.

The package was found Monday morning at the Crescent State Bank branch on 870 Spring Lane. The bank was evacuated, and several members of a bomb squad from Fort Bragg were called in to help Sanford police handle the situation, officials said.

The package was disposed of, and employees were allowed to return to the bank before 11 a.m., officials said.

A note found with the package named Lee County High School and Central Carolina Community College and threatened violence against them, officials said.

School administrators and Sanford police searched the Lee County High campus, and students there were being dismissed at 12:30 p.m. as a precaution, said Sharon Spence, spokeswoman for Lee County Schools. All other area schools were on a regular schedule, she said.

Students attending classes at Central Carolina as part of the Lee Early College High School also were dismissed early, and officials ordered that the entire college campus be evacuated between 2 and 5 p.m.

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  • dasniggle Jan 30, 2007

    ok, let's see. Which is more important, making sure a child is fed or making sure a child is not blown into pulp. I would rather have my child go hungry for one meal than to have her body parts scraped off the walls.

  • ukyorocks126 Jan 30, 2007

    da_sniggle: The children's safety was not put second. The couldn't evacuate until 12:30 because they need to FEED the children. Also, to evacuate immediatley might have caused the bomb to go off, had there been one. So maybe, instead of automatically thinking the staff is at fault, YOU need to think of the children's safety and well-being.

  • dasniggle Jan 30, 2007

    Lee county has been a dissapointment from the first few months I lived here. My daughter is a student at Lee Senior, I must say that I am not impressed by the school or staff. To think that a threat against the school was less important than getting credit for a full day does not surprise me. Our children's saftey has come second many times. Anyone who would walk through the school and see the condition it is in would understand. The ceiling is falling down in many places, The walls are falling apart, windows broken and leaking, the heating system started smoking and was not shut down, rooms that can not be heated or cooled propperly, and that just to name a few things. Lee Senior is a fire trap, but no one is doing anything about it, not until students end up dying, THEN some one might pay attention.

  • Execution Style Jan 30, 2007

    what was in the package? ;(

  • ukyorocks126 Jan 29, 2007

    The reason the school had to wait until 12:30 to let out was because they have to feed us, the students, lunch. That might be the only meal a student gets, so they have to let us eat. So, it's not because they wanted to show it as a full day. They were thinking of the kids that aren't so fortunate, and can't go home and eat.

  • wjcspanteach Jan 29, 2007

    doinbizzness: I'm not quite sure why it was pushed back til 12:30 --- however -- it wasn't to get credit for the day -- State Law says that it counts a a day if the busses roll -- and if the kids get to school. So, they could have dismissed before the first bell ever rings, and still count it as a day. We learned this last week during the "Snow Storm" that had kids on the roads when they shouldn't have been. When all of the school systems dismissed -- they were able to count it as a day, and no worries about it.

    I must agree that this is sad -- and often it is a student wanting out of a test or something. We have two kids at my school that are in jail for pulling a stupid stunt like this. They may learn one day -- although, not likely -- I mean, at Wakefield -- after 5 drunk driving deaths in one year, the students still have learnedthat you can die from drinking and driving.

  • LibertarianTechie Jan 29, 2007

    If the bank was cleared for re-entry at 11am this morning, why wait until 12:30 to clear/check Lee County High and only check the CCCC-Lee campus from 2-5? What if the person wanting to create violence at the CCCC-Lee campus sometime after 5? Then what will the Sanford, PD/CCCC Bord of Trustees do?

  • doinbizzness Jan 29, 2007

    just a question....if you thought it was a potential threat to our children "i have one at Lee Senior" why wait until 12:30 to evacuate? so we could show a full day? this is about as stupid as i have ever heard. the message you send to us as parents is we think enough of the potential threat to dismiss your children just not until we can have credit for a full day and don't have to make it up....the brainiacs looking after our children ugh

  • builder276 Jan 29, 2007

    a bank, he should be easy to find then, with all the security cameras at a bank, they are probably already on the way to make an arrest. this will probably end up on a "stupid crimals show". I'll bet that they did not even think about that when they were leaving the packages, Duh

  • whocares Jan 29, 2007

    What I can't understand is why the package was left at the bank. Why not take it to the school? Possibly because someone could have seen who put it there. People like this should be arrested and put in jail for a very long time.