Police requesting public’s assistance regarding school threat

Town of Wake Forest News

Wake Forest Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the person responsible for today’s bomb scare at Heritage Middle School, 3400 Rogers Road.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. today, the school received a call from an unknown person who threatened to deliver a bomb to the school at a specific time in the afternoon.

School officials immediately contacted local law enforcement and security at Wake County Public Schools. Wake Forest Police, with assistance from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, responded and immediately began an investigation, while also providing additional security at Heritage Middle School, Elementary School and High School.

During the preliminary investigation, police found no credible evidence that an explosive device was already planted on the school campus.

As a precaution, school officials placed all three schools on “community lockdown” (Code Yellow), which prevented anyone from entering the school.

The lockdown was lifted at Heritage High School around 3 p.m. and has since been lifted at Heritage Middle and Elementary Schools.

As of now, all students at all three schools have exited their respective campuses by bus or car pool – without incident.

Explosive detection dogs are now performing thorough sweeps of Heritage Middle and Elementary Schools.

On Wednesday, a large police presence will be visible at Heritage Middle, Elementary and High Schools, while extra patrols will also be assigned to the other schools in Wake Forest.

The investigation into this incident continues, but at this time there are no suspects. Anyone with information concerning this case is encouraged to contact the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150. You may remain anonymous.

The Wake Forest Police Department wishes to acknowledge the cooperation and assistance provided today by the Wake County Public Schools, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, NC State Highway Patrol, Raleigh Police Department, Wake Forest Fire Department, RDU Police, Durham County Sheriff’s Office,  and the Transportation Security Administration.

The police department also wishes to thank the parents of Heritage Middle, Elementary and High School students and members of the community for their patience and understanding throughout today’s incident.

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