WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Terror alerts are high, and when a threat is made near or far, it raises serious concern. Lately we've seen several bomb threats at area schools.
Three bomb threats in three weeks have been made at schools across Southeastern North Carolina. New Hanover County's Laney High School was the scene of the newest investigation today.
Students were evacuated from the school immediately after administrators found out about the threat. The sheriff's office did a thorough search, and students were sent back to class after about an hour.
Laney principal Al O'Briant could not talk about many details, because the Sheriff's Office is still investigating, but he did say the main issue is student safety and classroom time.
"This is a concern for us," O'Briant said. "Obviously, I don't know why it's happening. It's a concern for us because we lose instructional time, and the most important thing for us is to have the students in the classroom in a safe learning environment, and that's what we want to have."
O'Briant was hesitant to comment on the type of punishment that will be issued to anyone caught making the threat, but Sheriff's spokesman Jerry Brewer confirmed sending a bomb threat is a felony. These threats have come in the form of written letters and words scribbled in a bathroom stall, but officials want to make it clear that however they're made, the people responsible for making them will be punished.