School district apologizes for not reporting shooting threat

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HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — The superintendent of a North Carolina school district says it’s unacceptable that his district didn’t alert authorities to two school shooting threats.

The News & Observer reports Orange County Schools Superintendent Todd Wirt apologized at a Monday school board meeting for the handling of the threats in May.

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The threats were found written on bathroom walls at Cedar Ridge High School. The school principal and resource officers didn’t alert their superiors. Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood says the deputies violated agency policy.

Several community members spoke, expressing concern about the communication. A teacher in the same district was arrested in May after allegedly threatening to “shoot up” her school. Other teachers knew about that threat for days before alerting administrators.

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