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Schools placed on lockdown with SnapChat messsage / February 22, 2018
At around 9 a.m. Wednesday, a student at Halifax County Middle School reported a vague, second-hand SnapChat threat that also implicated the high school. Halifax County High School Principal Michael Lewis said that out of an abundance of caution, both the middle school and the high school were placed on lockdown until the threat could be evaluated.

With lockdowns, doors are locked, students are not allowed in the hallways or near windows, but classes continue. A lockdown can occur for other reasons besides a threat — such as an accident.

Lewis explained that the principal decides whether there is an immediate lockdown. After that, it is up to the school threat evaluation team to decide the next steps to be taken. Halifax County High School’s threat evaluation team has 15 members, including teachers, counselors, administration, and operations employees.

In Wednesday’s incident, the threat evaluation team at the middle school contacted the students involved and determined that the threat was not credible. The lockdown was lifted around lunch time.

Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg said he wants parents and students to understand that “posting stuff on social media that is innuendo or nonfactual will be treated very seriously.”

Punishment could be anything from suspension, to placement in another learning facility, or expulsion. The team also evaluates if mental health counseling should be part of the resolution.

Lewis added that he wants his students’ parents to know that “he and the entire school administration is first and foremost concerned about student safety, but everyone needs to help.”

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So basically the school becomes a jail while this is going on. This is legal as parents cannot enter the building etc. Parents need to monitor their kids cell phones. I know I do mine! I talk to many other parents that say they do not. This is how this kind of stuff happens, no parent involvement then all the attention, these kids love the attention. If no attention given they would not do it. Man to go back to the 60's!

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