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Middle school threat investigated

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STANTONSBURG — Wilson County Schools and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a threat made against Speight Middle School.

According to Amber Lynch, director of public relations for Wilson County Schools, Speight Middle School Principal Valerie Budd sent a message to parents prior to dismissal Wednesday about the threat.

Budd said a student made a verbal threat against the school.

“Your child may have heard about this and mentioned it to you, so I wanted to call and put you at ease,” Budd said in the statement to parents. “The threat was not a credible one, but we take any threat seriously and have investigated the situation in cooperation with the sheriff’s office and are handling it according to our policy on student behavior. The safety of students and staff is one of our top priorities, and we appreciate those who brought this to our attention.”

Budd asked parents to “share with your child that threats against our school will not be tolerated.”

Wanda Samuel, chief of staff for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed in a statement that the threat is being investigated.

“We take all threats of violence against an educational facility seriously,” Samuel said. “The SRO was made aware of the threat by the principal who indicated that it would be handled administratively by the school.”
The sheriff’s office is conducting a separate investigation. Samuel said deputies are the process of pursuing a juvenile petition on the student accused of making the threat.

Speight Middle School, located at 5514 Old Stantonsburg Road, has 327 students in sixth through eighth grade.

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