Lockdown lifted at Lincoln Elementary following social media threat


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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Lincoln Elementary School students are no longer on lockdown and will return to their classes.

The elementary school in Ruffin was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning due to a threat that was made on social media, according to Karen Hyler with the Rockingham County School System.

About 15 Rockingham County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the school to investigate the threat.

An investigation by law enforcement concluded that the threat came from an old message that was shared on Facebook and Instagram in recent weeks. The message was originally intended for another school named Lincoln in another part of the country.

Here is the letter that was sent to parents this morning, notifying them of the lockdown:

Good morning parents, this is Karen Hester, principal at Lincoln Elementary with a very important message. This morning we received a possible threat to Lincoln Elementary.  Upon receiving notification of the potential threat, law enforcement immediately began investigating and arrived at Lincoln to secure the perimeter. At this time we do not know the severity of the threat, however, we take all threats seriously. We apologize we cannot give more information on the threat, however, this is an active law enforcement investigation. For this reason, we will follow our crisis plan procedures to ensure the safety of our staff and students. Extra law enforcement is patrolling the campus.  We are currently on lockdown until the Sherriff’s department gives us the all clear. We are following all directives of the Sheriff’s department at this time.  This call is to keep you informed as always, we think of your child’s safety as our first concern.   Due to safety reasons, please do not come to the school as we are unable to release children at this time.  We will update you as soon as possible!

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