9/11 social media threats ‘not credible’


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — September 11 marks 14 years after the terrorist attack that changed our country forever. As many plan to honor those who died on that day in 2001, others are worried about sending their children to school.

Parents reached out to WWAY about a threat they’ve seen on social media and their concerns on sending their kids in school. Because law enforcement said the threat is not credible, the specifics will not be disclosed except that it was posted on various social media platforms and has reached many in the area. Some posts indicated the U.S. Marshals Service issued a warning to area law enforcement. Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said that is false and a bad rumor.

In Brunswick County, BCSO spokeswoman Emily Flax issued statements today from both the sheriff and superintendent trying to reassure parents of their children’s safety at school.

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our children,” Sheriff John Ingram said. “We are grateful to be able to provide SROs in each Brunswick County School as an extra layer of safety and to help ease the minds of parents, staff and the community. 9/11 is a special day of refection and remembrance and we expect another safe day at school for our children.”

“9/11 is a special day of remembrance for our nation; however, parents, students, and staff in Brunswick County can expect a typical school day,” Superintendent Les Tubb said. “Safety and security have always been and remain our top priority.”

Flax said these statements were not sent in reaction to the social media threat but the overall anxiety many have with this specific date.

A spokeswoman with New Hanover County Schools declined to comment on the concerns.

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