Currituck Co. Schools investigate ‘threat of violence’

Posted at 8:40 PM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 21:13:24-04

Currituck County, N.C. - Teachers and students saw a larger police presence at Currituck County High School Monday.

This comes after what school officials say was a 'threat of violence' made against the school.

It said the threat came after 'a disciplinary incident on Thursday afternoon' by 'someone outside' of their community.

According to an arrest warrant, a student was arrested for threatening to shoot people at his school.

School district leaders sent out a notification to parents on Friday. The threat was supposed to be carried out Monday, but there were no problems reported at the school.  Many parents decided to keep their kids home from school.

The threat of violence at his school caused Dustin Bumgardner to ask his mom to pick him up early on Monday. He said he felt unsafe and did not want to die.

An arrest warrant states that a 17-year-old student told the school resource officer and others that his brother was going to come to Currituck County High School on Monday and shoot everyone.

Student Hailie Hemderson said, "There have been tons of school shooting so far so this could actually happened and it's scary."

Principal Renee Dowdy said with the help of law enforcement, they don`t believe the threat is credible. They put extra safety measures in place as a precaution.

The district refused to elaborate on the protocol for these types of situations, but K-9 police dogs came in and out of the school throughout the day.

One mom praised the way the school handled the situation. She felt that the students were completely safe.

The Sheriff's Office said the teenager was charged with disorderly conduct and making a false report of mass violence on educational property.

Parent Amie Bumgardner said, "My son didn't feel safe, I'm more than glad to come get him. If they don't feel safe being here than they should not be here."

Many of the North Carolina students will not come back to school until Wednesday due to Election Day closings.