The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department responded to Carroll County High School on Friday morning for an anonymous report of weapons on a bus at the Hillsville school.
According to Carroll County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Strader Blankenship, the anonymous threat specifically pertained to Carroll County High School. Students were searched electronically by a student resource officer as they entered the school Friday morning. Students’ bags were also checked. Fortunately, no threat was found, he said.
“We were taking precautionary measures. You have to take any threat seriously,” Blankenship said. “I called the Sheriff’s Office to assist us. We have a crisis management plan and that was followed and it is nice to know that it worked. That is the good news. I am just thoroughly pleased with the support of Sheriff’s Department and staff at the high school. They did such a nice job. Everybody worked together and had it done as quickly as possible. Our kids are really good, too. The kids were just great while were doing all the wanding and searching.”
Carroll County Schools operated on a two-hour delay Friday. A school outreach voice message was sent out to parents at about 10:45 a.m. Friday morning alerting them to the threat.
“We have had an anonymous report of weapons on a bus at Carroll County High School,” the message stated. “We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the students’ safety and we do have law enforcement on site.”
Blankenship said the extra precautionary measures worked smoothly Friday morning and students were in class by about 11 a.m. He said the threat was unlike any the school system has received in his many years with Carroll schools.
“All of our schools have an anonymous bullying or threat button on our websites and it takes them to a form they fill out,” Blankenship said. “It gets sent to the principal and assistant principals and to me and Dr. (Mark) Burnette. That (threat) came in this morning about 9:05 a.m.”
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