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‘Hoax threat’ by students blamed for Wakefield schools’ lockdown

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WAKE FOREST — School officials say students are expected to face criminal charges for falsely calling 911 to report shots fired near Wakefield High School on Thursday.

There was never any threat to students, although the high school, middle school and elementary school were placed on code-red lockdowns for more than an hour. A code-red lockdown prevents anyone from entering or leaving campus until law enforcement issues an all-clear.

Officials said someone called 911 around 10:30 a.m. to report hearing shots fired behind the high school. Law enforcement arrived and determined there was no evidence of shots being fired.

"The investigation found that students were responsible for this phone call, and that the information provided in the phone call was false," Wake County Public School System said in a message Thursday to parents. "As with every threat made this year in Wake County, this hoax threat was made with the sole intent to disrupt our campus."

The school said it cannot identify the students responsible, but in addition to criminal charges, the students will be disciplined, which may include long-term suspensions.