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Officials: Possible threats at Woodlawn Middle likely rumors

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Sheriff’s deputies and school officials have been investigating the possibility of threats directed at Woodlawn Middle School, but say the possible threats are likely just rumors circulating across social media.

Randy Jones with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office said the rumors started late Thursday night after two middle school students were involved in a fight without weapons.  Jones said later there was a tweet about the incident saying it “would be settled.” Rumors then quickly spread to multiple schools across the county through Facebook and Twitter, Jones said.

School and law enforcement officials said they’ve taken the rumors very seriously, but there’s no reason to indicate there was ever a real threat toward the school.  Officials with Alamance-Burlington Schools also released a statement saying no actual threats were ever made.

Jones said every student found to be linked to the original posts about the possibility of a threat has been interviewed.

Classes at the school are underway and all schools in the area are operating normally, officials said.

The entire statement from the school system can be read below:

“Beginning late yesterday evening, there have been multiple unsubstantiated rumors circulated via social media that escalated overnight regarding possible threats directed at Woodlawn Middle School.  Safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance, so anytime there are rumors about possible threats or school violence on campus, we take them very seriously. We immediately notify local law enforcement, and work together in intensive investigative efforts and surveillance on every circumstance.

“School and district administrators, along with law enforcement officers have worked together closely since last night to determine that there were no threats made—either last night or today, no activity of any kind was planned, and none has occurred.  We will continue to investigate to determine the source of the rumors.  As a precaution, we had an additional presence of law enforcement and district officials on campus today to ensure that things are functioning as usual and that students and staff are safe.

“Classes are underway as usual this morning and all schools are operating normally at this time.”