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Salisbury High and Hurley go on lockdown for different reasons

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Salisbury High School went on a precautionary code yellow lockdown Thursday morning, the second such lockdown in the last two days. Police and school system officials both confirmed the lockdown, but said the reason was different from the one that caused the lockdown Tuesday.

Hurley Elementary School was also placed in lockdown Thursday afternoon after a nearby business received a bomb threat, officials said. That order was lifted after investigators determined the threat was false.

Rowan-Salisbury School System spokeswoman Rita Foil said Salisbury High School went on lockdown today under the advisement of law enforcement and school officials because of a “possible threat.”

She specified this was a “different report.”

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said the Thursday lockdown was not connected to Tuesday’s or to a recent shooting at South Craige and West Monroe streets near Livingstone College where two men were shot, one in the hand and the other in the leg.

Lingle also said the lockdown was a precaution. There were two Salisbury Police cars posted in the front of the building and one on the side of the building.

During a code yellow lockdown, classes continue as usual, but students cannot leave the building. Parents can enter the building, but the doors are locked after they enter and leave.

The Tuesday lockdown was also because of a threat made. During that incident, neither police nor school officials provided specific details regarding the lockdown.

Hurley Elementary was placed on a precautionary code yellow lockdown after Troyer’s Country Market, in the 4000 block of Statesville Boulevard, received a bomb threat. Capt. John Sifford at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said employees at the store got a phone call at 12:48 p.m. The caller said there was a bomb and that they “were going to blow the place up.” The store evacuated and employees called 911.

According to Foil, the school was placed on lockdown due to its close proximity to Troyer’s.

Sifford said the intersection of Statesville Boulevard and Hurley School Road was temporarily closed while the Sheriff’s Office investigated. A bomb squad from Cabarrus County investigated and determined that no explosive device was at the store.

Students and staff at Hurley Elementary were dismissed at the regular time.

Reporter Rebecca Rider contributed to this article. 

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