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Student suspect in custody after threat of violence shuts down Elkin City Schools

Elkin Police Department developed the search warrant and identified the suspect on Tuesday.

ELKIN, N.C. — Elkin police have taken a student into custody for sending a district wide threat over Snapchat. 

The threat motivated Elkin City Schools superintendent, Dr. Myra Cox to cancel classes Tuesday. 

"Just knowing the trend these days, I took it very seriously. You always hope that when you get a threat like this it is a hoax, but you can’t be sure until the investigation has proven otherwise and so swiftly, we made the calls and communicated to all of our stake holders that we needed to cancel school," said Cox. 

The district says the threat indicated that the alleged suspect would do harm at the elementary, middle, and high school.

Cox said the school system found out about the threat through the Say Something Anonymous Reporting App System, which allows students to submit concerns anonymously. 

"It worked last night, and I feel very confident that when students report something it doesn't go unnoticed. All of them are received and investigated and last night just seemed to be a little more serious than some of the tips we may receive on a regular basis," said Cox. 

Susan Baker has four kids who attend Elkin City Schools. 

She was saddened to find out about the closure and the reason behind it. 

Sadly, we live in a world where it cannot be ignored or not taken seriously. So, I am thrilled that safety is our administrations primary concern.," said Baker. 

Coz says students will not make up this day and an optional teacher workday will be available for staff at the end of the school year. 

School will continue on their regular schedule Wednesday and extra security will be on campus for comfort. 

Since the suspect is a juvenile, no other information is available.


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