Threat made at Johnston County school ‘not viable,’ but parents never received message

WENDELL, N.C. (WNCN) — The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has determined that a threat rumored to have been made about Corinth Holders High School was “not viable,” but school officials are looking into why parents weren’t notified.

The threat was made in the wake of a shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school left at least 17 dead and 15 hospitalized on Wednesday afternoon.


A message was sent from the principal of Corinth Holders High School about 11 p.m. Wednesday. School administrators are trying to determine how many parents received it then, but the message needed to be resent Thursday morning.

Part of that message from Principal Robert Daniels read, “Rumors are circulating regarding a possible threat toward our school. Please rest assured that the administration at Corinth Holders takes every rumor seriously and takes every precaution to ensure the safety of your child while attending school. Administration took immediate action and also involved law enforcement. Law enforcement was able to investigate the situation and determined there is not a viable threat against our school. Please know students and staff are safe to attend school.”

“We have a district-wide system that notifies our parents,” said Dolores Gill, Johnston County Public Schools Chief of Staff. “They can choose to have a phone call or a text or email. In this instance, there has been a technical concern.”

School administrators said they aren’t able to say if any students will be disciplined related to the rumors.

A spokesman for the Johnston County Sheriff’s office said investigators reviewed social media and could not find a threat to the high school.

He said no arrests were made.

The school system is looking into why the message did not go out as planned.

“Certainly, that is not the way of Johnston County Public Schools,” said Gill. “We are about excellence. So, we always want to find out what we did or did not do and correct that.”

CBS North Carolina talked with Chad Hardin, who was picking up his daughter at the high school at the end of the school day Thursday. He said he did not receive the message.

“It will be troubling if you didn’t get a message and should have, but I don’t know what went on,” he said.

Johnston County Public Schools also wants parents and the community to know that there will be an active shooter training scenario on May 2 at North Johnston High School.

A school system release said, “This full-scale, inter-agency exercise is an attempt on the school district’s part and the County of Johnston to be as prepared as possible in the event of a crisis of this nature transpiring in one of our schools.”


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