Snapchat video triggered NC charter school’s extra security, sheriff says

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BEAR GRASS, N.C. (WNCT) — Bear Grass Charter School had an increased security presence Monday because of a social media post, officials say.

On Sunday, school officials posted in a closed Bear Grass School group to inform parents of the increased law enforcement presence planned for Monday. They also informed parents that school would start on time Monday.

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Martin County Sheriff Tim Manning said deputies were alerted to a video posted on Snapchat that was concerning to some students.

Deputies spoke to the person who posted the video and determined that there was not an ongoing threat to the school.

School officials noticed an increased absence from school Monday, with about 35 students out.

Manning told parents that no threats were made against the school, and there was never a threat to Bear Grass Charter.

Multiple parents reached out to WNCT to express their concern with the lack of information given to them Sunday night. Parents receive an automated call every Sunday with announcements for the upcoming week from the school.

Some parents questioned why an additional call wasn’t made about the increased security.

Bear Grass Principal Donna Moore said a planned system maintenance on the software used to make the calls prohibited them from making contact with parents again.

“The only communication at that point that we could do was on the community page, and that page was not Facebook from the school, it’s a community page,” she said.

During a Monday morning staff meeting, school officials decided to implement a text alert that parents could join to avoid any confusion moving forward. Moore said that system should be available to parents immediately.

No charges have been filed so far.

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