Garner Cleveland Record

Vance places students on lockdown after gun threat

Students at Vance Elementary School were placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon, after someone called in a threat that there was a person with a gun at school.

Wake County deputies responded and searched the school, but no gun was found. The lockdown lasted less than 15 minutes, school officials said.

Deputies say the caller, who had a young voice, said somebody in the school had a gun.

“Then they just hung up,” John Dee Jones, a spokesperson for the Wake County Sheriff’s Department, said. “They think it was just a prank call.”

Principal Sarah Simmons notified parents and the community of the incident on the school’s website, and assured parents of the safety measures being taken.

“In a code red lockdown, the entire building is locked down,” Simmons said. “No one is allowed to enter or exit the building until an all-clear announcement is received from police. Parents are also required to remain in their vehicles during dismissal. Staff’s responsibility during a lockdown is student safety. For this reason, we cannot answer the phone during this time.”

“These steps are taken as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. Once the police gave us the all clear, the lockdown ended without any incident at the school.”

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @GarnerCleveland