Wakefield High School on high alert following 'social media death threat'

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wakefield High School on high alert following 'social media death threat'
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Wakefield High School on high alert following 'social media death threat'

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Wakefield High School is taking extra precautions after receiving reports of a social media death threat towards the school.

According to the school's website, school officials were notified about the threat Wednesday afternoon.

Wakefield's principal, Malik Bazzell, said students made him aware of a social media post made via Sarahah.

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The threat read: "The Wakefield massacre is coming don't downplay this as a joke Nov 16 during breakfast. I'm going to make an example."

Social media post made via Sarahah

Bazzell said he has contacted WCPSS Security and the Raleigh Police Department who is actively investigating.

"I want to assure you that our first concern is the safety and welfare of our students," Bazzell said in a note to parents. "Threats to our school are taken seriously and we will take every measure to ensure student safety. We investigate each threat fully and pursue threats with criminal prosecution. If your child has any information about the student who is responsible for this social media post, please contact school administration or Raleigh Police Department immediately."

Bazzell said extra police presence will be at the school tomorrow. Those with questions should contact the school's office at (919) 562-3600.


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