Rolesville High School was on code red lockdown after a threat; principal says all students are safe

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021
No credible threat at Rolesville High, principal says
Rolesville High School was on a code red lockdown while police investigated a threat that proved to be unfounded.

ROLESVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- Rolesville High School officials said there was no credible threat found after a code red lockdown at the school Wednesday. ABC11 crews at the scene reported seeing some police cars leave the school around 12:30 p.m.

Students said that the principal announced a code red lockdown around 10:30 a.m., sending students into hiding around the building.

In a "final" update, Rolesville Principal Dhedra Lassiter said all students and staffers were safe, and the school proceeded with a staggered dismissal.

The message came after Rolesville police determined there was no legitimate threat to campus safety. Some law enforcement and security officers remained on campus to assist with dismissal Wednesday afternoon.

Parents who had rushed to the school after receiving alarming texts from their children were still waiting outside a police barrier around noon. The parents were all worried and grasping for any information about what is happening inside the school.

"I'm scared and I just need to know that she's safe...just having a lack of information is what's scary," parent Angela Hubbard said.

"I'm beyond livid right now, and we need to know something soon," Andrew Keteles.

The school's principal sent an email to parents to reassure them that everything was under control, but parents said the email still didn't give enough details to put their mind at ease.

"Please know that all students and staff are safe," the email read. "This morning we received the communication of a potential threat to our school. After reporting the threat to law enforcement and WCPSS Security officials, we are moved into a code red lockdown while law enforcement and security officials continue to investigate the source of the threat. Please understand that in a code red lockdown, the entire building is locked down."

In an update at 1:20 p.m., the principal told parents that the school was still on lockdown and was not releasing early but would send students home with parents if they wished to take them home.

Many students at Rolesville High School were scheduled to take the PSAT on Wednesday.

ABC11 has reached out to the Rolesville Police Department, Wake County Public School System, the Rolesville mayor and others for more information.

The school is part of Wake County Public School System and is located on East Young Street in Rolesville.