Two Southeast Middle School students found with suspicious package

Published 1:45 am Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious package that was discovered Friday at Southeast Middle School that prompted Principal Jennifer Lentz to issue a message to students, staff and parents.

“Two students were found to have a suspicious package with unknown capabilities at school,” Lentz said.

She said the school resource officer and administration received information about the incient.

“Law enforcement immediately took charge of the situation and we were assisted by both Rowan and Cabarrus County departments,” she said.

It is not clear what type of package the students possessed at the school, which is located at 1570 Peeler Road.

A brief statement from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office provided few details, but officials said the sheriff’s office will confer with Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook on Monday morning about whether charges would be filed against the students.

Sheriff’s officials say no other details will be released regarding the matter until at least mid-day Monday.

Lentz said the school will continue to work closely with law enforcement through the investigation. 

“Keeping our students and staff safe will continue to be a top priority. Thank you for your cooperation and support as we work through this incident,” she said.

She invited parents, students and staff to leave a message at the school if they needed to speak with her before Monday morning.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.