Holmes Middle School, Morehead High School in Eden release secure perimeter after ‘concerning call’

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Rockingham County Schools Central Office (WGHP file photo)

Rockingham County Schools Central Office (WGHP file photo)

EDEN, N.C. (WGHP) — Holmes Middle School and Morehead High School in Eden were under a secure perimeter after a phone call sparked an investigation, according to Rockingham County Schools.

On Thursday morning, Holmes and Morehead declared a secure perimeter, meaning no one can enter or exit the buildings. The perimeters have since been released.

Eden police explained that there was a generalized threat made concerning Holmes Middle School. Morehead was not included in the threat but the secure perimeter was implemented because of its proximity to Holmes.

“Everyone is safe and we are releasing the secured perimeter,” said Morehead High School Principal Ryan Moody. “All is clear. We will follow our regular schedule. Police will continue to pursue their investigation of this situation and have the situation addressed. All is safe here at Morehead High School. All of our students and staff have done an outstanding job. We thank the Eden Police Department for all of their support!  Thank you for your support as we keep safety a top priority.”

Moody sent out a notice to parents and students earlier in the morning saying that a staff member received a “concerning call.” The school is working with police to address the concern.

According to Rockingham County Schools, detectives interviewed a student that is “suspected to be the person of concern.”

See the full statement from Rockingham County Schools:

As many of you probably already know, there has been a secured perimeter called this morning at Morehead High School. The situation has been resolved and everyone is safe, but I did want to pass along the Alert Now that principal Ryan Moody sent out this morning to parents and students. Let me know if you have any questions. 

This is your principal, Ryan Moody and Nicole Lancaster, with an important announcement.  Out of caution, we are placing our school on a secured perimeter which means no one can enter or exit our building at this time. We have had a staff member receive a concerning call and are working with the police department to address the concern.  This is not a lockdown- it is a secured perimeter- which means all exterior doors are locked and no one can enter or leave our building. We ask for no visitors to come to our building at this time until the secured perimeter is lifted. We are only doing this out of safety and precaution at this time. As soon as we have an update and can lift the secure perimeter, we will notify you. 

Eden PD is here with us at Holmes Middle. We have a detectives interviewing a student that is suspected to be the person of concern. Everything is smooth and all are safe.  We will keep you posted!

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