Cleveland County high school evacuated following online threat of violence

SHELBY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Shelby High School was evacuated following a threat of violence Friday morning, officials say.

According to Cleveland County Schools, an anonymous tip Feb. 9 prompted an immediate evacuation of the school and safe dismissal of all students and staff.

Troopers with N.C. State Highway Patrol said they got a call about the incident around 9:20 a.m. It was made online, but the Shelby Police Department told Queen City News that “no evidence of anything credible was found.”

The school district shared an apparant image of the threat, which reads “thinking about shooting up shelby high.”

“We are deeply grateful for the swift response and support provided by local, regional, and state-level agencies,” CCS officials said. “Their coordinated efforts ensured a thorough and methodical response, leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the safety of everyone involved.”

The Shelby Fire Department also had explosive-detecting K-9s on scene.

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