Triangle schools report no safety problems Friday

From staff reportsDecember 21, 2012 

Triangle schools stayed quiet Friday despite widespread rumors of school violence that triggered extra security at many campuses.

School officials in the Wake, Durham, Orange and Chapel Hill-Carrboro systems reported no safety problems Friday. Security was beefed up at several area schools following rumors spread on social media that students would bring weapons to campus.

Johnston County schools already were closed Friday for holiday break.

Schools across the nation have been on a heightened state of alert since last Friday, when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In the wake of the shootings, school districts nationwide issued statements this week saying that the rumors of school violence being spread were not credible.

On Thursday, the superintendents in Wake and Chapel Hill-Carrboro sent messages to parents telling them that the rumors were investigated by police and determined to be unsubstantiated. Parents were asked to send their children to school Friday.

Wake school officials said they didn’t have attendance figures for Friday.

School officials in other Triangle districts said preliminary figures showed more students were absent than a normal Friday. But officials said that was consistent with how attendance is historically down on the day before winter break.

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