FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Two Fayetteville schools went on a brief lockdown Friday morning, according to police.
This happened around 9:15 a.m. at Seventy First Classical and Seventy-First High School.
Shortly after 9 a.m., deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office say a student at Seventy-First High School reported a “suspicious suspect” on campus to a teacher.
The teacher initiated protocols for a possible threat to the school, according to a release.
It says the sheriff office’s School Resource Officers were already on campus and immediately started investigating.
The school was placed on lockdown, along with Seventy-First Classical Middle School because of its proximity to the high school, according to Cumberland County Schools.
The officers, along with high school administrators, reviewed the video footage and identified the person as another staff member.
During the lockdown, deputies say some students told their parents what was happening and gave false information to them, leading to several 911 calls about a possible shooter at the school.
Deputies say there was never a legitimate threat at Seventy-First High School, nor were shots fired.
They say the student who reported the “suspicious suspect” did the right thing and remind people that if they see something, say something.
Cumberland County Schools released a statement shortly after noon Friday, reiterating the information provided from the sheriff’s office that the threat was a false alarm.
In part, their statement reads: “We are thankful that our lockdown plan worked exactly as it should and that all students and staff are safe. We take all threats seriously. We are grateful to our school officials who took the appropriate actions, and we are thankful for our law enforcement partners who responded quickly.“