Extra officers at Harnett County high school after ‘threats’ made

Overhills High School in an image from Google Maps.

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) — Harnett County officials say that extra officers at Overhills High School on Friday were there because of rumored “threats.”

Schools officials say they first heard of “threats of violence during the school day and possible threats for May 13” on Thursday, Hartnett County Schools spokeswoman Patricia Harmon-Lewis said in an email to CBS North Carolina.

Officials told students that there might be a so-called “soft-lockdown” on Thursday in response to the threats.

School officials along with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office investigated the threats and determined there were no “validity” to them, Harmon-Lewis said.

“Overhills High did, however, have extra security on campus today as a precaution,” she added. School officials did not provide details about the threats.

School officials added that any students who were not at school on Friday would receive an excused absence.

The following School Messenger Message will be sent to all parents of Overhills High students this afternoon:

Good Afternoon.

This is Stan Williams, Superintendent of Harnett County Schools.

Yesterday, staff members at Overhills High School learned of rumored threats of violence at their school. School administration and the School Resource Officer were made aware of the situation and school officials immediately notified the Harnett County Sheriff’s Department. A full investigation was immediately implemented and thankfully, upon completion, there proved to be no validity to these treats and rumors.

As the investigation was underway, the Administration of Overhills High announced to students the possibility of a soft lockdown in response to the possible threats. This was premature, as the perceived threats were unsubstantiated.

We regret any confusion or concern this may have caused to parents and students. Any student who was absent from school today due to this situation will receive an excused absence.
Thank you.

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