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South Garner High spends day on lockdown after emailed threat

Posted October 18, 2021 1:57 p.m. EDT
Updated October 18, 2021 4:57 p.m. EDT

— No one was allowed to come or go Monday at South Garner High School, the entire building was locked down, after a threat received by email, a Wake County Public School System spokeswoman told WRAL News.

Administrators reached out to parents to alert them to the situation, writing:

"Today we received the communication of a potential threat to our school via email. After reporting the threat to law enforcement and WCPSS Security officials, we moved into a code red lockdown while law enforcement and security officials continue to investigate the source of the threat.

Please understand that in a code red lockdown, the entire building is locked down. No one is allowed to enter or exit the building until an all-clear announcement is received from police.

These steps are taken as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our students and faculty.

We will continue to keep you updated on the situation as we learn more."

There was no evidence that the threat was credible. By 3 p.m., dismissal had begun without an update on the threat.

The school system's emergency policy allows for what is called "code red" lockdown in the event of an immediate threat to the schools. Students are held in safe areas, and all interior doors are locked.

Over the past seven days, two other central North Carolina schools – Rolesville High School and Coats-Erwin Middle School in Dunn – saw classes disrupted by unsubstantiated threats.