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Schools, sheriff probe 'specific threat' against Northeastern

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From staff reports

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Local law enforcement officials investigated a “specific threat” against Northeastern High School late Saturday but determined the student who made it wasn’t capable of carrying it out, school officials said Sunday.

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A press release from the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools said the student made the threat on social media late Saturday. The release doesn’t state the nature of the threat other than to describe it as “specific” against Northeastern.

Law enforcement officers and school officials both went to the student’s home, conducted a threat assessment and determined the student “was unable to carry out the threat,” the release states.

The District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the incident to determine if criminal charges are warranted, the district’s release said.

The district also plans to have an additional law enforcement presence at Northeastern when students return on Monday.

School officials said they acted quickly and will continue to do so in response to similar threats.

“Safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance to ECPPS and law enforcement,” the release states. “Any and all threats toward our schools, students and staff will be fully investigated and measures put in place to ensure safety.”

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