Extra security at Apex High after threat written on wall
Wake County public schools stepped up security Wednesday morning at Apex High School after a threat was written on a bathroom wall last week that mentioned the number 13.
School officials said they learned of the threat last week, and a police investigation found the threat to be unsubstantiated.
However, the school delivered a robocall to parents around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday about the threat. Classes start at 7:10 a.m.
Wake County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten said someone asked about the threat on a police social media page on Tuesday night. To stop rumors, school officials decided to send the robocall.
“To prevent the spread of rumors, we notified parents after a citizen inquired about the hoax on a social media account operated by law enforcement,” Luten said.
According to several Facebook posts, some parents questioned administrators’ decisions to issue a robocall after many students had already left to catch school buses that would carry them to the school.
Last week, Leesville Road High School had increased security after a social media post 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.
Luten said since that threat, there have been at least five copycat threats: two more at Leesville Road, one at an elementary school and one at a middle school.