Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

No gunshots fired at North Carolina high school

No gunshots fired at North Carolina high school

Reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School are said to be due to faulty mechanical equipment.

The high school is in the town of town of Hampstead and part of Pender County, around 177 kilometres southeast of the North Carolina's capital, Raleigh.

Rowell with sheriff's office says there are no reported injuries.

Capt. James Rowell told WECT there are no reported injuries as of 7 a.m. The earlier report of shots fired provoked a massive response by law enforcement and caused the school district to reroute buses and put schools on lockdown.

The school district added that the report of an active shooter came after "noises were heard coming from the top of the building".

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The commissioner, identified as George Brown, said the noise that sounded like gunfire may have been a piece of equipment at the school that has been malfunctioning in recent days.

Authorities said he claimed to have brought the gun to school because he planned to stop a rumored school shooter.

All schools in eastern Pender County were placed on lockdown. While most of the shootings listed here occurred since 2000, Columbine is included because of its notoriety; the 1986 shooting at the post office in Edmond, Okla., is included because it is the origin of the grim term "going postal".

In May, an 18-year-old student was found in the school's parking lot with a large knife strapped to his leg and three other knives.

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