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Leesville Road officials alert parents to social media threat; will have extra security on campus Tuesday

February 5, 2019

Officials from Raleigh’s Leesville Road High School sent out an email to families Monday night after a social media post told students to not come to school on Tuesday.

School administrators learned of a social media post Monday afternoon that showed a threat written on a bathroom wall, stating, “Don’t come to school 2-5-19 – 2-10-19. I’m going to shoot the Murphy,” which is one of the school’s buildings, Assistant Principal Kate Fehling said in an email.

Fehling said as soon as school officials learned of the threat, the Raleigh Police Department was contacted and an investigation began.

“While the investigation is ongoing, we will have extra law enforcement and WCPSS Safety and Security administrators on campus to provide additional security to our campus,” Fehling said.

“School safety is our top priority, so I would like to take this opportunity to share an important reminder. Making threats of any kind against our school or anyone at our school is a very serious offense, subject to both disciplinary action from the school district and criminal prosecution. These actions are not funny. These actions are not taken lightly. Any student with information about this crime should contact school administration or law enforcement immediately.”

Threatening violence on a school or other educational property is a felony.

Students and parents can report safety concerns to an anonymous tip line: 919-856-1911.

“Please be vigilant and monitor the activities and actions of your child. Please remind your child not to share or spread rumors with other students. Instead, they should report any concerns or questions directly to a trusted adult,” Fehling advised.

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