NHC Sheriff's Office flooded with school threats since Parkland shooting

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said 50 threats to county schools have been investigated since the Parkland shooting. (Source: WECT)
New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said 50 threats to county schools have been investigated since the Parkland shooting. (Source: WECT)

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - According to Sheriff Ed McMahon, investigators have looked into 50 threats in New Hanover County since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

"Please take this seriously. Talk to your children," McMahon said in a news conference Tuesday morning. "It is said our parents are the best police. Let's stop this madness."

Social media has become a common source for school threats. New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Tim Markley said it's important now more than ever for parents to monitor their children's accounts.

"This is not a joke," Markley said. "The parents need to see what their children are doing."

Pender County Schools Superintendent Steven Hill echoed that sentiment and pointed to the county's Report, Don't Repost awareness campaign as a resource for parents. The campaign shares tips for ways to report school threats and rumors in a safe, productive manner.

The threats made since the Parkland shooting have forced sheriffs to take detectives off their normal duties to find the source of the threats.

"Detectives are going out to your house and we are asking to search your house for weapons for things that could hurt other students," McMahon said. "This is taking time, energy and this is not what we want to be doing."

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