Wake County

Fuquay-Varina Elementary lockdown lifted

Fuquay-Varina Elementary School has lifted a lockdown while police were investigating a threatening call made to a school employee, said Special Operations Capt. Bob Adams of the Fuquay-Varina Police Department.

About 2:15 p.m., the Holly Springs Police Department notified Fuquay-Varina police that an employee at the school had received a threat over the phone from her husband.

“We came here to do a well-being check on that employee and decided to stay on campus,” Adams said.

The school was placed on lockdown, Principal Stephen Moore said in a message to parents. In a lockdown, all outside doors to the school are locked, and no one is allowed to enter or exit the building. This continued through dismissal, Moore said.

Adams said 15 officers responded.

While the lockdown has been lifted, six officers remain on campus while there are after-school activities.

“Until every child has gone, we will stay here,” Adams said.

Adams called the situation domestic in nature. He said police know the identities of the caller and the employee but weren’t releasing their names. He said he didn’t know if the school employee is a teacher or another staff member.

He said reports of a man entering the school were untrue.

Moore said the campus was “safe and secure throughout the incident” and thanked police and school system personnel for their assistance.

But parent Vinny Tornone said he thought the way parents were notified could have been handled better.

Moore’s recorded message was sent to parents about 4:30 p.m., after the incident occurred.

Tornone said there should be improved security measures at the school.

“There’s too much stuff going on in the country,” said Tornone, whose son is a fourth-grader at the school. “They’re being a little complacent with the security.”