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Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville operating under code yellow status after threat

Posted December 9, 2019 4:26 a.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2019 9:12 a.m. EST

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— A social media threat directed toward Terry Sanford High School is under investigation, school officials said.

Terry Sanford High School Principal Thomas Hatch informed parents and students of the threat in an automated message sent Sunday, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

″Law enforcement has been notified and is investigating the situation,” Hatch said.

School officials are cooperating with law enforcement officials, Cumberland County Schools spokesman Lindsay Whitley said Sunday night.

“We take any threat very seriously,” Whitley said. “School officials learned of the threat earlier (Sunday) evening and notified law enforcement immediately.”

Terry Sanford High School will operate under a “code yellow,” status Monday morning, meaning there will be additional investigation and security at the school.

Details about the specifics of the threat have not been confirmed, but officials said law enforcement found no evidence that it is credible.

The threat is the third made to a Cumberland County school within the past few months.

In late October, a 15-year-old South View High School students was charged for making threats against that school and South View Middle School, authorities previously said.

Pine Forest High School also received a threat on Oct. 8.

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