2 Robeson County schools placed on lockdown due to shooting in area, officials say

2 Robeson County schools placed on lockdown due to shooting in area, officials say
(Source: KAUZ)

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Two Robeson County schools were placed on lockdown and extra officers were sent to a third school because of shootings in the area, according to the school district.

In a statement from the school district, RB Dean Elementary School and Townsend Middle School were put on lockdown around 2 p.m. Friday after deputies were sent to Maxton because of a shooting near the Piggly Wiggly.

During the same time, the school district received another call that were shots in or around Orrum. A school resource officer was sent to Orrum Middle School, where release times were pushed back to protect students and staff, according to the school district.

Officials said that deputies had entered a home near the middle school and shots were fired. Deputies have not found the person who fired the shots, according to the school district.

Extra officers were placed at Orrum Middle School to allow students to be released slowly to their parents or guardians.

READ ROBESON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT STATEMENT:

Good afternoon,

RB Dean and Townsend went on lockdown around 2pm. The sheriff’s office sent deputies to Maxton because of a shooting near the Piggly Wiggly. We did receive a call from the Sheriff's Office that everything was under control in Maxton and the lockdown for RB Dean and Townsend were lifted temporarily. After reports of an active shooting near a local convenience store, RB Dean and Townsend went back on lockdown after it was briefly lifted.

During this period we received a call that there were shots in or around Orrum. Deputy Jeremy Ammons (School Resource Officer shared between two schools) went from Fairmont Middle to Orrum Middle. We noted that release times may be pushed back to protect students and staff. The last communication from the Sheriff’s Office was that officers entered the home in or around Orrum where suspected shots were fired and determined shots were indeed fired from a shotgun. They have not found the person who fired shots. Extra officers were placed at Orrum to allow students to be released slowly to their parents/guardians. The school and officers are working to get buses on the road as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Shanita W. Wooten, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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