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New Hanover High School lockdown lifted, suspect arrested


NHHS was on lockdown for a suspected gun on campus this morning.

*Update as of 3:45

The suspect has been arrested, according to Sheriff’s Office.

*Update as of 12:38 Monday

The district gave the all-clear at 12:30 saying:

"The lockdown at New Hanover High School has been lifted. New Hanover High School was placed in Lockdown from just after 10 a.m. to just after 12:30 p.m. due to a social media post reported to authorities. Thank you for your patience while we worked with law enforcement to respond to the situation.

*Update as of 12:30 Monday

A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office says they're looking for a male student who had filmed himself waving a gun in front of a school bathroom mirror. They were alerted to the video after he shared it. They have not released the student's name.

The spokesperson said they've since cleared the school.

*Update as of 11:00 Monday

WHQR confirmed with law enforcement that NHHS is now on lockdown for suspected gun on campus. The Sheriff's Office is now doing a sweep of the school.

A spokesperson for the district sent out the following message to NHHS parents via email at 10:42 this morning:

New Hanover High School is currently in lockdown due to a social media post reported to authorities. The safety and security of your child is our top priority. We are actively responding to the situation and collaborating with emergency responders. At this time, we ask that parents stay where they are and remain available to receive updates and instructions as needed.

We will continue monitoring the situation and update you as soon as we have more information.

Rachel is a graduate of UNCW's Master of Public Administration program, specializing in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning. She also received a Master of Education and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French Language & Literature from NC State University. She served as WHQR's News Fellow from 2017-2019. Contact her by email: rkeith@whqr.org or on Twitter @RachelKWHQR