Suspended student, 2 family members arrested after ‘disturbance’ at Thomasville High School; no shots fired

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. (WGHP) — After a shots fired call and a large police presence at Thomasville High School this morning, district leaders want people to know everyone is OK.

“It’s a very tense time and we work with students every day who deal with stressors that have nothing to do with today’s events,” said Dr. Cate Gentry, superintendent of Thomasville City Schools.

Just before 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, a school resource officer at Thomasville High School radioed in a shots fired call.

The call came after faculty members thought they heard gunshots during a fight between three students. Then, one of the students called his mom and sibling who was suspended.

“The mother and the student came to campus, they were able to reach the main parking lot,” said Capt. Brad Saintsing, with the Thomasville Police Department. “The student that was suspended was unable to reach the main campus due to the security gate being closed and locked.”

That’s when both Thomasville High School and Middle School went into lockdown and students took cover.

“My son texted me he heard sirens, I walked out on my porch and heard them, drove up and saw an officer who was starting to block the road off,” said Angela Taylor, a mom of a Thomasville High School Student. “I asked him are the kids OK, he said he can’t answer my questions.”

When police got to the school, they took the mom and the two siblings into custody. No one had a gun on them.

“There is no evidence there were shots fired on the grounds of Thomasville High School or Thomasville Middle School,” Gentry said.

While no one was hurt, parents are still on edge.

“I had a panic attack,” said Samantha Payne, a parent. “It’s scary, I don’t want to have to go through this or worry about my child’s safety at school.”

“We need to do more, really the whole world needs to do more, it’s getting to the point where you can’t even walk down the street,” said Kim Graham, a parent. “Going to school, that’s where you’re supposed to feel safe.”

School officials say this is the perfect example of students and teachers speaking up when they saw something wrong.

“What I can tell you is our people followed their protocols, our students were not in danger, I appreciate our teachers were very aware,” Gentry said.

District leaders also credit the swift and immediate response to drills they completed last week alongside of fire, police and EMS.

Banyca Lasha Sligh

The mother, identified as Banyca Lasha Sligh, 39, of Thomasville, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was given a $10,000 secured bond and taken to the Davidson County Jail.

The suspended student was charged with first-degree trespassing and disorderly conduct. He was taken to a juvenile detention facility in Taylorsville.

The other brother is facing two counts of simple assault.

A member of the school faculty thought they heard a gunshot, but police confirmed that no shots were fired and no one was injured. No weapons were found on school property, and there is no evidence that anyone had a gun at this time.

Deputies were on scene and had entrances into the school blocked off.

The superintendent asked for parents not to come to the school.

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