ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — Deputies are looking for a 14-year-old student who they say threatened others with a pellet gun Thursday at Townsend Middle School in Maxton, according to Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.
Wilkins said the student wasn’t supposed to be on school grounds because he is suspended.
Parents reached out to ABC 15 because they said they got alerts that Townsend Middle School was on lockdown.
The lockdown was lifted around 1:40.
Maxton Middle School released the following statement Thursday night:
"Due to circumstances beyond our control Townsend Middle School went on lockdown mode at 12:03 pm. The lockdown was lifted at 1:17 pm.
There was a person of interest in the neighborhood reportedly carrying a weapon, seen walking on the street next to the school and at the gym across the street. They found the person they were looking for but, he did not have a weapon.
All Public Schools of Robeson County and Townsend Middle School procedures were followed. Safety is always the first precaution when these circumstances occur. For the safety of our children and staff, the lockdown was necessary.
In accordance with federal law we cannot discuss specific student matters. However, we take student safety very seriously and work hand-in-hand with law enforcement anytime a serious issue arises."