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Extra security at Apex High after threat written on wall

February 13, 2019

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.

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