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NHCSO: Another hoax suspected after active shooter threat locks down Holly Shelter Middle School

Holly Shelter Middle School in northern New Hanover County.
Holly Shelter Middle School in northern New Hanover County.

Holly Shelter Middle School was placed on lockdown following a phone threat about an active shooter, according to the New Hanover County Schools district. Law enforcement believes it to be a hoax — but can't yet confirm if it's related to last week's wave of hoaxes that struck schools across the state.

Shortly after 4 p.m. the Holly Shelter Middle School, located in Castle Hayne in the northern part of New Hanover County, was placed on lockdown. As of 5 p.m., access to the school was being restricted and all students and staff were being kept inside.

Law enforcement confirmed they have performed three sweeps of the campus; no injuries and no evidence of gunfire have been found. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says it believes this to be another quote “swatting call,” a hoax designed to elicit law enforcement responses.

The Sheriff’s Office could not yet confirm if the call was similar to a wave of hoaxes last week that targeted New Hanover High School, along with over ten schools around the state.

Related: Bogus 'swatting' call spurred heavy law enforcement response at New Hanover High School

Note: This is a developing story, for more details will be added as they become available.