School threat fake

Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.

The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.

Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

"We caught the young lady about 2 p.m. this afternoon," said Glenn Barger, superintendent of Catawba County Schools. "She confessed to it. Cameras helped a lot. We had the camera that recorded all the students who went in and out of that bathroom, from the time school started to the time we found the note. We went from there."

Authorities found no weapons or threats to safety after a thorough five-hour search of the school campuses by Catawba, Iredell and Gaston county sheriff's department officers and dogs.

Catawba County Sheriff's Deputy Alton Price said the note was written in first person, gave a specific time for an unspecified attack and did not give additional clues about plans for action.

"We're going to make sure of the safety of the students," Price said. "If my kids were here, I'd want them to be safe."

Catawba County Schools officials said administrators determined the threat "was false and without substance." The school system did not release the identity of the girl who wrote the threatening note or the identity of the girl who found it.

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