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Raleigh Student Sends Death Threat to Teachers

Posted May 21, 1998

— Deadly school shootings happened in Pearl, Mississippi; Paducah, Kentucky; Jonesboro, Arkansas and Springfield, Oregon. Friday, the threat of school violence hit close to home.

A Raleigh middle school student was suspended for threatening to kill his teachers.

School administrators found a letter, and immediately and indefinitely suspended the student who wrote it.

However, the student is behaviorally and emotionally handicapped. If it is determined the disability played a part in the letter writing, Wake County schools could be forced to put him back in the classroom.

A student left the threatening letter on his middle school campus Friday. One rambling sentence reads: I hope one day the teachers in this school would die right know I want to kill them myself but I would might get the death penalty so that's why I'm not going to do it.

The student threatened all but one of his teachers, and hinted that violence might erupt at the end of the school year.

"According to state law there is a possibility that this child may have to returned to the classroom due to their disability," Wake County Security Director Corey Duber said.

The letter comes on the heels of Thursday's violence in Oregon, and other deadly shootings around the country.

Parents said that they are confident that their kids are safe at this Raleigh high school, but some still have lingering doubts about campus safety.

In Oregon, police said that a student walked on campus with several guns and opened fire. Students in Wake County are randomly scanned with metal detectors, and security guards check ID's as people come and go.

Any student who brings a gun to a Wake County campus will be expelled, just like the suspect in the Oregon shooting. Staff members are asked to be on the lookout, in case the student comes back. Security officials said that vigilance is their best weapon.

"If somebody comes on the primisis, or is coming on the primisis, especially in the middle of our high school, the SRO's are there with their lawyer so they can remove that subject," Duber said.

Schools officials did not name which middle school the student attended.


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