Durham Public Schools officials are looking into a vague threat posted on social media that something would happen at one of their high schools today.
“We have no specific information about any actionable threat, but safety is our number one priority,” said spokeswoman Chrissy Deal. “Nevertheless we are taking it very seriously.”
The school system is working with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office and the Durham Police Department and asked them to increase their presence in and around schools. No incidents have been reported and none of the schools are in lock down, Deal said.
The system is receiving a lot of phone calls and some parents are pulling their children from school, she said.
Earlier today, a recorded call went out to parents from Superintendent Bert L’Homme. He said schools are continuing with their normal school day.
“Please, I encourage you not to continue the spread of unsubstantiated rumors, because doing so gives these kinds of threats more power,” he said in the call. “The safety of our students and staff is the most important thing we do, and we will do everything we can to keep our schools safe.”
Listen to the call that went out to parents http://bit.ly/1iAkCfz