WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) — Officials with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said they’re aware of possible threats involving “clowns” and “purging” made on social media and are investigating the claims.
“These posts were directed to citizens of Columbus County. We are actively investigating the origin and validity of these posts,” said Michelle Tatum, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.”Our top priority is the safety of all Columbus County citizens.”
Tatum said school resource officers will remain vigilant and closely monitor all activity at county schools.
Officials with Columbus County Schools took to Facebook Monday afternoon and issued the following statement:
“On Monday, September 12th Columbus County Schools and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office launched a thorough investigation of threats made on social media concerning “clowns” and “purging.” The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement are using every available resource to find the person or persons involved.
“The safety of our students is top priority. Our school system will continue to carefully monitor each student, and will be diligent about all activity occurring on or near the school grounds. In addition, local law enforcement will be on campus to help provide support to the existing school resource officers in the coming days. Our close partnership with local law enforcement enables us to provide a safe environment for all of our students and staff. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and take necessary actions as recommended.”
If you have information that might assist with this investigation, please contact the Criminal Detective Division of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 640-6629.
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