Raleigh police boost presence at high school after online threat

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh police had extra officers on hand at Wakefield High School on Thursday after a threat against the school was posted to social media Wednesday night.

A screenshot of the threat (Contributed photo). Click to enlarge.

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“At 6:23 p.m., (the Raleigh Police Department) was made aware of a social media posting communicating a threat to the school,” police wrote in a news release.

Police confirmed that extra officers would be at the school Thursday. A number of police cars were seen in the parking lot early on Thursday.

Wake County schools security officials are also investigating the incident, according to a message to parents from Wakefield principal Malik Bazzell.

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“I want to assure you that our first concern is the safety and welfare of our students,” he wrote. “Threats to our school are taken seriously and we will take every measure to ensure student safety.”

Bazzell also urged parents to contact administrators or police if their children have information on the source of the post.

Some students stayed home from school due to the threat, parents told CBS North Carolina.

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