Raleigh's Broughton High School closed by bomb threat

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Broughton High School closed early Wednesday as law enforcement and school security investigated a bomb threat.

School officials said the threat came in shortly after classes started Wednesday. Students were evacuated from the school and relocated to Martin Middle School.

"They just kind of told us to get our stuff and go out to the field," said Broughton student Wills Barefoot. "It was just a lot of confusion. The buses just started coming."

Parents were told they could pick up their children at Martin Middle School located at 1701 Ridge Road after 12 p.m.

"It's very crazy. At least they got them away from the school," said Broughton parent Delores Terry.

"Being so close to the end of the school year, you hope it's just a prank, a stupid prank and nothing serious, nothing real. But you got to take every precaution every time because you never know," said Broughton parent Charlie Weeks.

Any remaining students at Martin were taken home by bus.

The Raleigh Police Department said officers searched the school and no explosive devices were found. They were investigating the source of the threat.

Students say the ordeal was scary, but they are also praising the administration for a quick and effective response to the bomb threat.

"We had a lot of police around and so through the whole time it was a little bit unnerving, but they did a really good job of getting us out there and trying to make sure that we knew that we were safe," said Broughton student Annie Bennett.

The Wake County School District says the school plans to open Thursday on a normal schedule.

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