Sheriff’s Office: Lockdown lifted at Holly Shelter Middle School after finding no evidence of a shooting

Sheriff’s Office: Lockdown lifted at Holly Shelter Middle School after fiinding no evidence of a shooting
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 4:28 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says it has found no evidence of a shooting and no one has been injured after a phone threat was called in on Tuesday about a possible active shooter near Holly Shelter Middle School.

“Law enforcement has lifted the lockdown at Holly Shelter Middle School and determined the call to be a hoax,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Twitter before 5:30 p.m. “Dismissal is resuming, and we expect delays to afternoon bus transportation for buses 379, 453, and 350. The band and orchestra concert originally scheduled for tonight will be rescheduled at a later date.”

“We have found no evidence of a shooting and have no one who is injured,” the sheriff’s office stated on Twitter just before 5 p.m. “This appears to be another swatting call.”

The sheriff’s office says that New Hanover High School was the victim of a hoax call about an active shooter last week.

“There’s no escape from this kind of thing and the people that do stuff like this, they’re not human,” Max Huffer, a parent of one of Holly Shelter’s students, said. “You know they’re not right you know to create this much terror. Like, what do they get out of it? What do they get out of it?”

Attorney General Josh Stein released the following statement when asked about the incident:

“Keeping kids safe in school is job one. These hoax calls terrify students and parents and disrupt learning. That is why I have been urging social media platforms to do more to stop this type of harassment. I will do everything I can to support law enforcement in their work to address these crimes.”