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Garner High School student arrested for bringing gun to campus

A Garner Magnet High School student was arrested for a bringing a gun to campus earlier this week, according to WTVD.

Parents learned about the incident from a voicemail from school principal Carter Hillman on Friday.

In his message, Hillman says school officials were informed of the gun by other students and the Garner police were brought in to investigate and found the gun.

Hillman said there “was not a direct threat against the school or anyone at the school.”

He added that appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against the student, but did not mention the arrest. Possession of a firearm on school property results in a 365-day suspension.

“Please help us remind students that they have an obligation to bring information about a situation that causes them concern to adults at the school so we can respond quickly and appropriately to protect their safety,” he said. “My heartfelt thanks goes out to those students who brought this to our attention.”

He reminded parents that information can be called into an anonymous hotline, 919-856-1911.

Schools have been on heightened alert since Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

On Friday, East Cary Middle School had extra security on campus after school leaders learned a student brought bullet casings to school on Thursday and had posted a video on social media showing the weapon being discharged off-campus. Investigators, including school security and law enforcement, found no threat to students, said principal Nikia Davis.

On Thursday, some Corinth Holders High School students stayed home after a threat was made against the school. The threat was actually made Wednesday but a glitch resulted in parents not receiving the message until Thursday morning that the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office had determined the threat was not viable.

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