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Threat Prompts Extra Deputies at Orange High

Posted April 19, 2007

— The Orange County Sheriff's Department has assigned extra deputies to patrol a local high school after rumors of a planned shooting circulated among students.

The rumors suggested a shooting would happen at Orange High School Friday.

WRAL has confirmed that a 15-year-old student was taken to Burlington for a mental examination after making general threats. The unidentified student also referenced the April 20, 1999, shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where more than a dozen students and teachers were killed.

School administrators and authorities investigated and found no evidence of a credible threat, Orange County Schools spokeswoman Anne D’Annunzio said. But in light of Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech and a shooting at Orange High last summer, authorities decided to assign extra patrols to the school Friday, she said.

School administrators sent a phone message to parents Wednesday night to explain the rumor and the extra security measures that would be in place, D'Annunzio said.

Phone messages also went to parents of students at C.W. Stanford Middle School, which is located next to Orange High. There have been no rumors regarding anything happening on that campus.

Last August, another teen opened fire outside Orange High, wounding two students.

Alvaro Castillo, 19, is charged in connection with the shooting, as well as with the slaying of his father, whose body was found in the family's Orange County home shortly after the school shooting occurred. Castillo also referred to the Columbine High killings when he was arrested.


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  • concerned4us Apr 20, 2007

    Safety is not guaranteed anywhere. What makes people think keeping their child at home will save them from life's unexpected tragedies? When your number is up it's up. People should not live in fear.

  • Steve Crisp Apr 19, 2007

    April 20.

    Hitler's birthday.

    One day after the anniversary of the Waco slaughter.

    One day after the CSA siege.

    One day after the OK City bombing.

    420 day -- the day when stoners and drug addicts have set aside to demand legalization of drugs.

    Traditional birthday of Muhammed in Islam.

    Add to that the VT killings this week, followed by hundreds of threats nationwide.

    You really think that I'm gonna let my kid go to school tomorrow?

  • mindyourown Apr 19, 2007

    You're a senior? How many classes do you have tomorrow? What makes you think you may not get out after 1st period?? If you have more classes then you will have to stay longer than that. Be alert to your surroundings, keep your eyes open for anything unusual whether it's another student or an object not in the right place, keep your ears open as well, try to listen to what someone is telling you, be vigilant, be aware but be safe as you possibly can. I hope this helps you out, if you need more words of encouragement or want to talk to someone, talk to your parents ok.

  • mrmayhem87 Apr 19, 2007

    I am a senior at OHS and I have to be there for 1'st period tomorrow. I don't know if i'm going to be able to get out after 1'st. I don't want to stay there longer then that.

  • mindyourown Apr 19, 2007

    I blame it all on the parents!! It's their job to bring their kids up right and keep them straight, when they veer off the right path you put them back on the right path at whatever it takes to do it. Some parents are drug dealers and crack heads and have no clue nor do they care what their kids are doing leaving the kids without guidance, hence therefore we have in society what we have now. Kids, help your parents who cannot help themselves, it's not your fault but do what's right. Be the best you can be, do the best you can do, you WILL be rewarded!

  • wrestlin103cws Apr 19, 2007

    i am a seventh grade student at cw stanford middle. (the school right next to OHS) i have personnaly heard that a former stundent was arested and put in a mental institute. that however, does not mean that a shooting can still not occur. i have heard about the myspace comments and have heard that there was more than just one person planned to shoot in the first place. this has already happened at OHS once, what is to prevent it from happening again?

  • Joy4u2 Apr 19, 2007

    No remember people wanted prayer out of school, they got there way, Look around people when you take prayer out of school you just took God out and let Saten in and he is killing our childern. When I went to school The Lords Prayer, Pledge to the American Flag. There we no guns,violence,noexpeling, you got a paddling for messing up a note to take home to your parents, and a good whooping from parents for misbehaving in school. Need to Put God back in the school.

  • aoakley336 Apr 19, 2007

    Something like this happens at schools every time there is something on tv like the VT Massacre. I remember when I was in high school during Columbine, we had a threat similar to Orange's the following week. They're made by kids who think they are being cute, but are only being extremely disrespectful to the people who just lost their lives. You can blame the media for everything though, they are only encouraging this kind of behavior by giving it so much attention.

  • methinks Apr 19, 2007

    Did anyone see a report on WRAL about a 16 year old that threatened other students and then killed himself yesterday? Fox has that report, but not WRAL. Why?

  • blackwoods Apr 19, 2007

    Kicking the student out of school doesn't always make the other students, faculty, and staff safe. The guy that done the shooting last summer had graduated several years prior to the incident.