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School violence rumors being taken seriously at local schools

Posted December 20, 2012
Updated December 21, 2012

A Hillsborough police officer patrols outside Central Elementary School on Dec. 17, 2012, in the wake of a school massacre in Connecticut.
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— In the aftermath of last week's elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., local school administrators say they are taking seriously any threats or rumors that have surfaced regarding school violence this week.

Wake Forest-Rolesville High School sent a letter to parents on Wednesday advising them of a rumor circulating about students planning to bring weapons to school Friday.

"Our security staff and administrators have monitored this closely and have no reason to believe there is any real threat to student safety," principal Patti Hamler wrote, adding that extra security will be on campus Friday as a precaution.

"In light of recent national events, we want you to know that the safety and security of students remains our top priority," Hamler said. "We take any threat or rumor of violence seriously."

Stephen Gainey, interim superintendent for the Wake County Public School System, said in a recorded telephone message to parents Thursday that extra support from local law enforcement agencies would also be available at other schools where rumors of violence have surfaced.

Those schools include Apex Middle School and Athens Drive High School and Sanderson High School in Raleigh.

"Certainly, with all the events that have happened, I know that security and safety's first and foremost on parents' minds," Wake schools spokeswoman Cris Mulder said. "We want to make sure we are reassuring parents that we're taking every step to do a thorough investigation into any leads that come in."

Other school systems in the Triangle are also dealing with similar rumors.

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Thomas Forcella told parents in a letter Thursday that they can also expect extra security on Friday and that all doors will be secured and monitored throughout the day.

"This particular rumor seems to be focusing on secondary-level schools, but I feel it is important to provide the increased security to all schools, as one cannot be sure."

Durham Public Schools is also adding extra security at some of its schools Friday, spokesman William Sudderth said, although he did not say how many schools.

"We are encouraging parents to emphasize to students that participating in rumors on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites will not be tolerated," he added. School violence rumors School violence rumors worry students, parents

On Thursday, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office arrested Dylan Greg Marten, a 17-year-old Ashley High School student from Wilmington, with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after he allegedly spread a rumor that a gunman was going to "shoot up the school" on Friday.

Deputies said the rumor has prompted many students to plan not to attend classes Friday out of fear.

Schools across the U.S. have also had heightened security as a result of the Connecticut shootings, in which a man killed 27 people, including 20 6- and 7-year-olds before killing himself.

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  • Sherlock Dec 21, 6:22 p.m.

    Does this story mean they did not take any threats as serious befor this happened? Thye just put our children in danager if they believed it was just a rumor?

  • junkmail5 Dec 21, 11:28 a.m.

    While I'd like to reinstate the Clinton-era ban- OleNCNative

    Why?

    It didn't do anything worthwhile other than put some people out of jobs making guns. It sure didn't "stop" crime or mass shootings.

    especially since what it banned is used in like 1% of crimes in the first place.

  • Unbroken Dec 21, 11:24 a.m.

    "UNBROKEN,,IF HE WERE WHITE, I WOULD STILL HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HOW THE JOB IS BEING DONE.....IT IS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT DOES NOT WANT TO SEE HIM AS A FAILURE....WHEN HE HAS HAD EVERY CHANCE TO DO A GREAT JOB......AS FOR MY GRAMMAR YOU ARE NOT AS PERFECT AT IT AS YOU PRETEND TO BE...
    delilahk2000"

    Sorry that I "hurt your little feelings."

  • OleNCNative Dec 21, 11:20 a.m.

    And another note on corporal punishment and crime - Sweden outlawed corporal punishment (spanking) years ago. It is literally against the law to spank your own child. What's the violent crime rate in Sweden? Anyone? Anyone? Beuler? (Also very high rate of atheism as well...)

  • OleNCNative Dec 21, 11:17 a.m.

    Gun control - While I'd like to reinstate the Clinton-era ban, I really don't think it's going to fix the problem. There are other countries with more guns per capita and fewer gun deaths. The issue here is cultural... and for the life of me I can't figure out what it is...

  • OleNCNative Dec 21, 11:16 a.m.

    "A simple swat on the hiney never hurt anybody! I don't approve of a child being beat or hit but come on people spanking a hiney is not corporal punishment."
    SouthernBornSouthernBred

    While I'm pro-spanking, I thought I should mention that spanking is, by definition, corporal punishment. Corpus = body. Punishment by causing pain to the body.

  • Pretzel Logic Dec 21, 11:10 a.m.

    RE : Whats the stats on the Criminals that steal the guns that commit the crimes, Why dont you look at that people ,You want to post stats ,But honest people wanting to own guns ,is my right,Now there will always be people that steal guns and commit crimes,

    Well you see, its their belief that if you and I did not have firearms the crooks couldn't steal them, so in there eye's it's all our fault and we are to blame, that's why they refer to us gun owners as "Wannabe Murderers"

  • pat7 Dec 21, 10:26 a.m.

    Whats the stats on the Criminals that steal the guns that commit the crimes, Why dont you look at that people ,You want to post stats ,But honest people wanting to own guns ,is my right,Now there will always be people that steal guns and commit crimes,instead of letting these people pass threw the system build more jails. Close Campus, Better federal funding was taken away 2 years ago to have cops in schools to protect our kids

  • MitziGaynor Dec 21, 10:22 a.m.

    How about we use HOMICIDE rates. Because if they don't have guns they will use something else.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

  • pat7 Dec 21, 10:18 a.m.

    Copy Cat doings People need to grow up ,and if people do this kind of BS then they should go to jail for a long time ,No Games anymore or let me give them some country justice Swampland style

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