Sheriff: Law enforcement investigates 50 school threat cases so far

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The district attorney held another news conference inside the battleship, to talk school safety and how New Hanover and Pender County Schools are dealing with threats.

District Attorney Ben David said 10 children are currently being held in custody due to the threats. Sheriff McMahon said 50 cases have been investigated so far. Superintendents Tim Markley and Steven Hill encourage communication between parents and kids and say it’s a partnership between the school, the sheriff’s office and parents.

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“We have photo reports because a lot of it- those reports came into us. We passed those on to the sheriff’s department. But that partnership is a three way partnership. Ben talks a lot about a starship- I mean a starfish. And one of the legs of that starfish is the family,” Markley said.

“The schools are the center of the community. They’re a direct reflection of their communities. So parents need to get involved. You need to get involved through any of these methods that have been talked about earlier. All these positions worked towards them. We are definitely saying that the resources provided are appreciated. But we need more,” Hill said.

New Hanover County schools says parents can be held financially responsible for the cost of first responders when a student communicated false threats against a school.