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Prank prompts lockdown at two Johnston schools

Posted March 6, 2014

Four Oaks Elementary School.

— A prank call prompted a brief lockdown Thursday morning at Four Oaks middle and elementary schools in Johnston County, authorities said.

Four Oaks Police Chief Danny Toppings did not detail the threat but said the call and subsequent posts on social media were bogus. He said police know who initiated the prank and are looking for the person.

The lockdown began about 11:30 a.m. at the schools, which are about 2 miles apart. It was lifted about 25 minutes later.

Johnston County Schools spokeswoman Tracey Peedin Jones said the lockdown was initiated at the request of law enforcement, the schools were checked and everyone was safe.

"No one was in danger at any point or time," she said.

She said nothing was found and no one was taken into custody, but several officers remained at the schools to ease parents' worries.


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  • govtpackmule Mar 7, 2014

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    This is exactly what should happen, but the bleeding hearts tell us that anything more than hugging it out is cruel and unusual punishment and try to haul you off as a child abuser.

  • miseem Mar 6, 2014

    Which one was it - a prank or a threat? It can't be both. Pranks, while annoying, are considered harmless or at most require some elbow grease to clean up. Threats imply bodily harm.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 6, 2014

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    Too many selfish people nowadays who just don't get "it" unless it's happening to them or someone they love.

    I'm blessed your children, all children there, are safe today too, because of the wise, fast and appropriate actions taken by law enforcement there.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 6, 2014

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    So you think safeguarding children at school isn't a serious matter than?

    Boggles the mind someone would think that.

  • Nicki Baker Mar 6, 2014
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    My child is a student at Four Oaks Elementary. I thank God that my child and everyone else at both the elementary and middle schools are safe. We see this happen at other schools throughout the US, and it is a parents worst nightmare seeing it, but when it happens at your child's school it's real and the panic & anxiety set in. We all have our opinions, but as a parent, I wouldn't make remarks that I've read on here.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 6, 2014

    Sounds like this officer might get demoted to mall cop for taking a Facebook post so seriously. I'm surprised they're not searching for a grumpy looking cat.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 6, 2014

    Blessed everyone is safe.

    Now catch the culprit, and regardless of their age, make them perform enough community service to offset the costs incurred by police via manhours lost, and make it a very unpleasant task, like emptying out the trash cans in prisons and jails.

  • Donald Holder Mar 6, 2014
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    I would rather them "overreact" as you called it than to ignore it and somebody get killed.

  • Todd Jenkins Mar 6, 2014
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    Probably some overreacting police officer…Pass the blame…Since when did Facebook posts get legimatised.

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 6, 2014
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    oooooooo, are they in TROUBLE now.....
    gonna be a whole lot more than a time out for this one.