Active shooter enters North Carolina high school, police respond

Pauline Gross
November 9, 2018

Pender County Schools said in a statement, "There has been a reported active shooter situation at Topsail high School".

James Rowell said deputies responded to reports of shots being fired at the school around 6:30 Friday morning. Police were seen on the roof of the school shortly after the first reports emerged.

The situation was unfolding at Topsail High School in the unincorporated town of Hampstead, North Carolina, reported WECT, a television station in Wilmington.

But WECT News reported that there may have been some students on campus when the incident was reported around 7 a.m.

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Earlier this morning, a parent told WWAY he received a call from the school district this morning that all schools on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown.

Topsail High School, Topsail Middle School, and Topsail Elementary School were all put on lockdown.

"Pender County Schools is thankful everyone is safe and thanks local emergency services for its immediate response", the school tweeted. It was reported a piece of equipment had been malfunctioning over recent days which made a sound like gun fire. He said the call said buses are being staged at Lowe's Food across from the schools. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.

Two Topsail High School students were arrested in May after allegedly bringing weapons onto campus, including one student who went to school armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

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