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More police to patrol New Hanover High School after lock-down

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WILMINGTON -- More police officers will patrol around New Hanover High School Friday after a report of a gunman and threats of violence put the school on lock-down Thursday afternoon. It's the second time this week the school has been locked down. Now some students say they don't feel safe on campus. Deputies say a call was placed to New Hanover High around 2:30 Thursday afternoon referencing a gun threat on campus. Student Alexis Stallings said, "On the announcement they said there was someone in the school with a gun in their book bag, but I didn't believe it." In compliance with protocol, authorities immediately put the school on lock-down. New Hanover High School Principal Chris Furr said, "We get all of our students into a room and then we lock the doors and make sure no one gets in or out. And the doors are locked from the inside and outside to begin with." "The sheriff came in their and said lock your doors and don't let anyone leave and don't let anyone come in," one student said. No suspect or weapon was found, but some New Hanover High School students say the possibility of an armed trespasser wouldn't surprise them. Student A.J. Navarro said, "I knew Hanover would have something like this." "I was getting nervous because anyone can get on campus, there's no guards or nothing, anyone can walk on campus," another student said. Student Daysha Goodman said, "It's just so un-secure here, I don't feel safe here." Some parents agree and say they the fact they found out their child's school was on lock-down after hearing it on the news scares them. Parent Cheryl Gainey said, "I'm very appalled, I have a child that goes here and I'm worried about her safety and other children's safety." There was a deadly shooting early this week about a block away from New Hanover High School, just after school let out. Police are still looking for the suspect in that shooting and believe the incident may have been gang related.

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i attend hanover, and went to williston, a couple blocks away.

this is nothing. crap like this happens all the time, people shouldn't be this worried about it! i know im safe a hanover... more so than williston! one day twards the end of my 8th grade year, there was a store robbery down the street. we were on lockdown for 2 hours and 30 minutes. they didnt care much about that!

why didnt causey call the police>?

when the call came to hanover at 930 and it took the sheriff till 230 to respond why didnt he call WPD to help look for the mystery man in red loading a 45 on the breezeway? If im not mistaken there is more than one law enforcement agency in town, and i fear for my sons safety if the sheriff sent his ERT goons tramping into the school. I havent heard but god I hope it wasnt the same group that killed that peyton strickland kid.

NHCSO

I am stunned that you say that call of a Gun Man at the High School came at 9:30 and the Sheriff's office did not respond until 2:30? I have not heard that before. Is there a way to verify that information? I have a very hard time believing that 5 hours passed before Law Enforcement reacted to a man with a gun at a school, a very hard time. Can you post where you received that information?

I attended NHHS in the mid

I attended NHHS in the mid 90's but graduated from Laney in 1997. It HAS ALWAYS BEEN a problem at that school with violence and other B.S. on that campus. The problem is not with the students, but that outside element that is intent on disruption. Then what? dumba** kids with teachers that are trying there hardest to keep kids in school when so many distractions keep effecting the normal day.

LOCK DOWN WILL HAPPEN EVERY DAY

THE SCHOOLS WILL HAVE LOCK DOWNS EVERY DAY UNTIL THE WPD START DUING THEYRE JOB. A CHILD LIFE WAS TOOK A FEW DAYS AGO AROUND NEW HANOVER SCHOOL THE SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON LOCK DOWN THE NEXT DAY PATROLS CARS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON OVER STREET AROUND THE SCHOOL. OH I FORGOT ITS GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER LIFE FOR THE WPD TO DO THE JOB WHICH IS SUPPOSE TO BE PROTECT AND SERVE. I GUESS WELL JUST HAVE TO PRAY FOR OUR KIDS AT SCHOOL.

What a joke of a response!!!

What a joke of a response!!! The "adult" that was killed a couple days earlier had nothing at all to do with the schools. Hell, let's lockdown every school for weeks anytime any is killed in New Hanover Co. Police do their jobs, but there is only so much they can do. And as far as the person who was killed earlier, it was drug and gang related. Nothing anyone can do about that

WPD

for your information, the WPD does not have jurisdiction in the schools. the responsible authority is the sheriff's dept.

For one it wasn't a kid he

For one it wasn't a kid he was 23 years old. For two you know it was drug related it always is. For three the police can't always be around twenty four seven. Yes our children need help with all of this mess, but to blame the police every time is just plain stupid. It is not their faults that there are people out there who are doing wrong and they know it. It is up to neighborhoods to take back there places where they live. Call the police every time you see someone out there up to no good. Get together a community watch get involved don't just EXPECT the police to do it. That is what is wrong with this whole picture people who want the police to always have their backs but yet you don't want to get involved. Shut up or help these men and women of law inforcement. It is time to take charge of this ourselves. I am not afraid to call on these wanna be thugs. I will in a heart beat if I think they are up to no good. So, please think before you post next time.

during the 69-70 race riots

I remember they used to FAKE racial fights or bomb scares so we could all get out of school or class. I will bet there is the same thing going on at hanover. Man with a gun HA! There is no gun, never was. Just a way to get out of school or to screw with the authorities.

You would wish

I graduated in 2000 in NHC, I knew plenty of students who had access to arms at school and they are plenty of them crazy enough to whip one out at school. Things are a bit more rough in school than it was in "69-70". Almost 40 years has made a giant difference.

Rougher today than 69-70? No Way!

If you call being sniped going to and while at school, constant rioting, buildings burning, and people being shot in the streets less threatening well, then, you weren't there to experience it. One could say this could be vaguely suspicious. Hhowever, if it is anything racial, too bad as race relations have come a long, long way since 1969-70. There are those, though, who like to keep stirring the pot. But let's hope not.

Uncle Naive

Poor Uncle, you are so naive. I graduated from Hanover in 01 and I can remember going to school and seeing guns and knives. And with the increase in gang violence in this city, which the city counsel wants to turn a blind eye to, has increased 10 fold since my school days. If Wilmington doesn't get a hold on it's gang violence problem soon it's going to be too late to do anything at all. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a Hanover student that killed that man last week, and yesterday's lockdown was the result of the rival gang wanting revenge on the killer. Sad as it is, it's past time to put metal detectors in the schools and enforcing uniforms. I fear for my future children and their school careers. I can only hope and pray that they do not get caught up in gangs.

Student IDs

Making students wear ID cards REALLY protects the school. I am so glad they do it, it makes me feel so safe! It keeps trespassers off campus and that means we will be so safe!

ID cards

i'm glad they have id cards too, and i'm glad they came up with that. it keeps the school really safe.

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