Rolesville High School placed on lockdown after suspected trespassers come on campus

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Lockdown lifted: Here's why Rolesville High was placed on lockdown
Lockdown lifted at Rolesville High School, students dismissed.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Rolesville High School placed on lockdown due a reported threat and trespassers on campus, school officials said in an email to parents.

The Code Red lockdown went into effect at 2:10 p.m. Friday, the email stated.

Officers apprehended the people who were suspected trespassers, and the lockdown was lifted at 3:00 p.m.

School dismissal proceeded once the situation was under control.

Rolesville High said students who ride the bus will arrive later than normal.

Rachel Vinkler, a junior at Rolesville High School, said as the dismissal bell was happening, there was a code red announced.

"He ran out of the room to the office, he comes in, starts closing the curtains and was like guys go into the closet, go hide, there is a lockdown going on, just go there's a lockdown," Rachel said. "I feel like we shouldn't be like okay another lockdown, another day when it happens, you should be scared but nobody was scared."

Rachel's mother Jenn Vickler works at Wake Med as a nurse and was working the night of the Raleigh mass shooting. She said she keeps both her kids on GPS to monitor them at all times.

"I don't know that you can desensitize as a parent it's scary all the time," Jenn said. "You can't have these things and just assume your kid will never do anything with it. It's a real world out there and these are real problems.... They need to keep their weapons locked up, they need to know what their kids are doing, they need to have conversations, they need to be able to tell them the hard things, therapy in a lot of cases."

Law enforcement expert Dr. Roy Taylor believes it's important to drill down on these things.

"Accountability is a main concern. If you're a teacher and you have 20 students in your classroom and there's a procedure you're supposed to follow and after the procedure there's only 19, can you imagine the panic that will ensue and the liability the teacher will have?," he said. "As long as the classroom doors lock, and they pull the shades so the shooter doesn't have any visibility of a target all they can do is shoot blindly into the room but that's the procedure."

School officials said the incident that prompted the lockdown is still under investigation.

No other information has been released at this time..