EDENTON, N.C. (WAVY) - All Edenton-Chowan schools closed Tuesday because of a bomb threat to the area.
The Chowan County Sheriff's Office received a threatening letter Monday around 10:30 a.m.. The sender wrote about intent to harm others and listed targets as schools, bridges and the courthouse.
Deputies and K-9s immediately began an extensive search of the county's four schools and the courthouse. NCDOT and the Coast Guard searched the Chowan River Bridge and the Albemarle Sound bridge.
The sheriff also immediately notified the superintendent of Edenton-Chowan public schools, but asked the school system not to reveal the bomb threat. The sheriff told WAVY.com the cause could not be revealed right away because deputies needed time to search without interruption.
Superintendent Allan Smith decided to delay school by two hours Tuesday morning and parents were notified by an automated phone call Monday night. At the time, the school system told parents the reason for the delay was a sewage problem.
"In a way I kind of wish I had known [the real reason], but I also understand the reasoning for not letting us know," said Sheryl Alligood, a parent with two children in the school system. "They wanted to investigate and didn't need anybody hindering the investigation."
The school system sent another automated call Tuesday morning around 6 a.m. to notify parents school was canceled Tuesday because of a bomb threat.
"I was scared to go back to school because I was afraid I would get hurt," said Imariyon Wilson, an elementary school student.
Courts remained open, but were under heightened security. Nothing was found on the bridges, but extra patrols were added for the day.
The schools were searched by hand and dogs Monday night as well as Tuesday morning and nothing was found to substantiate the threats.
At this time, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is working with the sheriff’s office on the case. The FBI is also involved. The letter is being tested for any material that may lead investigators to the sender.
The schools will reopen Wednesday.
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