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Rumored shooting prompts sending extra deputies to Southampton County Public Schools

Published 9:11am Friday, February 22, 2013



COURTLAND—The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office today will have extra deputies at the county’s high, middle and vocational schools after receiving calls about a possible shooting occurring.

“We got some calls last night (Thursday) and some Southampton students were getting text messages, saying they heard about a shooting (planned) at SHS tomorrow,” said Major Gene Drewery. “We have been in contact with the schools, and the schools had more information on it than we did.”

It was determined that the rumor got started from a Carrollton resident’s Facebook and “SHS” was Smithfield High School, Drewery said.

“As a precaution, we will have extra officers at the middle school, vo-tech and high school,” he said. “We want to err on the side of caution.”

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office determined the rumors about a threat of violence at Smithfield High School were unfounded, said department spokeswoman Kristin Wilda.

“Earlier this week, word spread that a student made threats against a teacher,” Wilda said. “This teacher was in no way directly involved with the situation.”

“This event generated a rumor of potential violence that was spread on social media such as Facebook and Twitter,” she added.

The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office has investigated the incident thoroughly.

“While there is no reason to believe that there is any verifiable threat, the sheriff’s office in conjunction with the Smithfield Police Department will be on site at Smithfield High School to ensure the safety of all attending school,” Wilda said.




  • momto2Js

    Letters were sent home that day and there was an extra resource officer at the middle school and high school that day.

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  • Justme

    How were the parents supposed to find out about this? Must have been a hush hush thing again as most things are. There is so much that happens in these schools that would just set most people off. Again it is covered up.

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  • bobs94

    Kids need more teddy bears and trophies.

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  • chilimac72

    Addicted to facebook and weather becomes basis for a slam? Come on man, they give us enough reasons to make fun of them but this is not one of them. The delay, not related to this, is kind of funny though since I only saw sprinkles.

    Facebook was where this started, but my concern is will we blow this off in the future because of the “girl that cried wolf” effect? I think the county did right, and I hope they continue to “err on the side of caution” when it comes to our children.

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  • spike

    Not to mention the 2 hour delay for “inclement” weather…Where’s your sign Southampton?

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  • employee2

    Another example of people addicted to facebook.

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  • justthinking

    That you saw – right? Just asking to avoid misinformtion. I didn’t see additional support either, but know they were there.

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  • 2forme

    when dropping my daughter off this morning at southampton middle there were no more officers there than usual….

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