Carrboro Elementary School active shooter call placed by student, police find
Students from Carrboro Elementary school are bused to Carrboro Town Hall, where parents could check out their kids, on Tuesday Nov. 20 after an active shooter false alarm at the school. The police found no substance to the active shooter call.
Update, Nov. 21, 12:37 p.m.: The Carrboro Police Department has found that yesterday's 911 call about an active shooter at Carrboro Elementary School was placed by a student, they said in a Wednesday press release.
"The investigation is continuing to determine if charges are appropriate," the press release said.
Approximately 50 law enforcement officers were on the scene.
"We would like to thank the community and especially the parents of students at Carrboro Elementary School for their patience in what was a tense situation," the press release said. "While we are relieved that this situation turned out to be false, we want the community to know that we will continue to be vigilant in our training and preparation for these types of incidents."
Update, 1:37 p.m.: Parents who chose to pick up their kids picked them up from Carrboro Commons in front of Town Hall. The students were bused from Carrboro Elementary and arrived at about 1 p.m. Teachers had urged parents to not check out their kids to minimize trauma. The school is resuming their normal day.
“Shortly after 11 a.m., (Carrboro Police) received a 911 call that there was an active shooter in Carrboro Elementary School," Capt. Chris Atack of the Carrboro Police Department said. "Officers were on the scene within two minutes. All investigation at this time leads us to conclude at this point that we do not have any information that it was a legitimate call. Investigation is continuing into the phone call. We have no injuries at the school, no incident at the school.”
Update, 12:32 p.m.: The Town of Carrboro has tweeted that the school has been searched and nothing has been located.
The school will notify parents via text messages and calls when they can pick their children, and there will be a bus to take children to Town Hall, where parents have been instructed to wait for more information and to pick up their children. Normal pick up at the school will resume at 1:30 p.m.
Carrboro Elementary and Carrboro United Methodist Child Care are on lockdown because of a potential active shooter situation.
Carrboro Elementary & Carrboro United Methodist Child Care are on lockdown for a potential active shooter situation. Parents if you would like to pick up your kids do not come to the school. Park at Town Hall & once the situation is safe you will be able to enter the property.
La Oficina Gubernamental de Carrboro @CarrboroTownGov: Carrboro Elementary y Carrboro United Methodist Church Child Care se encuentran cerradas debido a un posible tiroteo. Los padres que deseen recoger a sus niños NO vayan a la escuela. https://t.co/OPp2b5264n
La Oficina Gubernamental de Carrboro @CarrboroTownGov : Los padres que deseen recoger a sus niños pueden venir y esperar en la oficina de la Junta dentro de la Alcaldía (Town Hall) hasta que se determine que es seguro para que pueda recoger a sus niños. https://t.co/KN6SkzJTTH
Board of Aldermen member Bethany Chaney is tweeting from Town Hall. Chaney said the scene is calm.
Things are calm at Carrboro Elementary, except for the press helicopters. Lots of protocol related to these situations, so parents are understandably frustrated. But looks like no one has been hurt, no active shooter.