Police investigate false report at CCHS

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An elementary school student called in a false report of a shooting at the high school Wednesday morning

By Ethan Campbell

HILLSVILLE — A false alarm sparked investigation shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, when 911 dispatch received an emergency call reporting a shooting at Carroll County High School (CCHS).

Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputies quickly reacted to the call, stationing personnel for preventative measures.

After a cell phone trace, they were able to locate the caller for questioning.

A report from the sheriff’s department confirmed that a Carroll County Elementary student made the call while on the school bus en route to school. Video surveillance tapes are being reviewed for further details on any additional involvement in the call.

Shortly after questioning the caller, Carroll County Public Schools and the sheriff’s department determined that there was never an initial threat or intent to harm, and the information that could be gathered from the student’s statements indicated that the incident reported in the call was a hoax.

Deputies quickly ensured that the school zone was clear of danger, and CCHS proceeded with normal operations without having to initiate a lockdown or delay of classes.

Assistant Schools Superintendent Mark Burnett said he felt the situation was thoroughly handled, and “we must remain diligent in taking all threats with the upmost seriousness.”

Burnett said the student will receive disciplinary action through the school system, but the form that will take has not been decided at this time.

Sheriff J.B. Gardner said the student wouldn’t be incarcerated, but juvenile services will be working closely with the student to make an evaluation.