CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Camden Middle School closed to students on Monday as a precaution after a credible threat was made on Friday night, authorities say.
According to Camden County Schools, a group of Camden Middle School students were planning to attack several students on campus. With the help of the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, they were able to identify the students involved and investigate the threat.
Deputies contacted all families involved in the incident and determined the threat was credible. All students are safe, and were not harmed.
The superintendent decided to close Camden Middle School for students as a precaution, but staff needed to report.
School officials anticipate having school resume for students on Tuesday but will make a decision later Monday.
According to a news release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received a call about disturbing emails on Friday night.
The deputy was dispatched to talk to the reporting party. The deputy was shown an email that a parent had discovered on their child’s school-issued laptop. The email talked about a group of middle school students who were plotting to harm other students.
The sheriff’s office said the email “was accompanied by physical evidence that some of the participants had already taken steps to carry out the attack.”
A team from the sheriff’s office then simultaneously interviewed all students mentioned in the email. Investigators discovered additional potential targets and then established the situation was an “extreme risk.”
The Camden County Sheriff’s Office briefed the school division, which then decided to close the middle school on Monday.
The investigation indicated that the threat was not a planned mass attack, but one targeting four named students and possibly one other who’s unknown. All parents of students involved have been notified.
The sheriff’s office prepared juvenile petitions for criminal charges, which will be reviewed by North Carolina Juvenile Justice officials who will then decide on charges and custody requirements.
The sheriff’s office didn’t release information on how many suspects there were, or any details on the ages or gender of those involved.
No other information was released.
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