No Vance County schools locked down, just ugly rumors

Dec. 13, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

Two Vance County Schools were disrupted briefly by threats of violence Friday morning, but without any serious incidents. No school had been locked down.

Terri Hedrick, public information officer for VCS, said shortly before noon only graffiti on school buses and windows at Northern Vance had been found. She said security had been heightened due to rumors, but all schools were safe and operating normally otherwise.

“We have put out a call to parents and staff members,” Hedrick said. “The only thing I can say is there have been rumors in the community of violence happening at our high schools today. There is heightened security at the high schools. The high schools are operating in a normal fashion.”

There was a stream of parents picking up their children at both Northern Vance and Southern Vance during the morning, according to Hedrick, other sources and observation.

“School personnel are in control of the safety of students,” Hedrick said.

Hedrick did not name a source for the cause of alarm. Casual observation pointed to social media.

“We have to respond to any threat,” Hedrick said. “There are no problems at the schools, no issues. Whoever is behind it is getting exactly what they want — attention.”