The town’s police department increased its presence at Fuquay-Varina High School Thursday after the department said it had received reports of a threat to the school on Wednesday.
Town spokeswoman Susan Weis said she couldn’t discuss the nature of the threat. She said the increased police presence is meant to “make sure everyone feels secure” rather than guard against a known danger to students.
Police said in a statement on Facebook that there aren’t any credible threats or danger to the school in the future, but that there would be more officers at the school Thursday “to reduce concerns and to provide overall safety to our community school.”
The town, the police department and Fuquay-Varina High School posted statements about the threat Wednesday between 10 p.m. and just after 11 p.m.
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About 1 p.m. Wednesday, school officials told the school’s deputy about alleged threats made by a student to two other students, according to the statement. Police and school officials investigated the threat and didn’t find “actual danger” to any student or to the school. No weapon was involved and nothing further occurred past the alleged threat, the statement said. The statement said “the appropriate action” is occurring through school officials, but Weis said she couldn’t say whether there were any arrests.
Police cautioned against believing rumors circulating on social media.
Someone commenting on the police department’s Facebook post said her son was “hesitant” to attend school the next day. The police department replied, “He’s safe to go to school. Rumors are creating the perception of fear.”
The police department made another longer posting late Thursday morning in response to demands for more information. The department outlined the reasons it was unable to say more about the case, and asked people not to spread the rumors that continued to swirl online.
“While we cannot release every detail of this investigation due to legal reasons, privacy issues and a focus on conducting a thorough investigation, be assured we are ensuring the safety of our schools and community,” the post read.
The department said it was responding to numerous calls and messages about the situation.
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Statement from the Fuquay-Varina Police Department
On (March 16) at approximately 1 p.m. at Fuquay-Varina High School, the assigned FVPD School Resource Officer was informed by School Officials of alleged threatening verbal statements made by a student to two other students occurred at the high school today. An investigation occurred immediately through a coordinated effort between school officials and this department to ensure the safety of the involved students, all other students and the school itself.
There was no actual danger to any student or to the school. No weapon was involved, and no overt act occurred as determined through our investigation. No further threat or danger to the school or students has been determined through investigative efforts.
The appropriate action is occurring through school administration and through our investigative efforts. We are continuing to investigate this case and want to ensure that correct public record information is shared to reduce any fears or concerns.
There are rumors circulating in the community and on social media regarding a threat to FVHS (Thursday, March 17). We want to ensure the public that there is no credible threat to the school per our investigation. We will have additional police presence at the school tomorrow (Thursday, March 17) to reduce concerns and to provide overall safety to our community school.
We appreciate the outreach to the police department by concerned citizens. By working together we provide safety for the Town of Fuquay-Varina and our schools. As this is an ongoing investigation, please do not share rumors and perpetuate fear on social media. Thank you for your cooperation.