South Garner High locked down after potential threat was emailed to school

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South Garner High School became the latest school to be locked down Monday amid a string of copycat threats that have hit area schools.

Administrators at South Garner High told families Monday that the campus was placed on a code red lockdown after an email of a potential threat was sent to the school. The school was on lockdown while law enforcement and Wake County school security investigated the source of the threat.

During the lockdown, no one was allowed to enter or exit the building.

Last week, a threat that prompted Rolesville High School to be locked down was determined to be not credible, The News & Observer reported. It was not immediately clear if the South Garner threat has also been determined to be not credible.

Last month, a social media threat at East Wake High School in Wendell led to a lockdown and heightened security measures at the school, The N&O reported. That threat was also not credible, officials said at the time.

Copycat hoax threats caused additional lockdowns in Wake and Johnston counties later that week. School leaders have warned that students who make threats will face disciplinary action and potentially criminal prosecution.

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