Lockdown ordered in two Wilson school district buildings following threat, officials say

Wilson School District officials imposed a nearly two-hour lockdown on West Middle School and Green Valley Elementary School Friday morning after learning that a threat had been sent to a group of students through the app Facetime.

Although the threat, which officials did not specify, was to the college, the elementary school was also locked out as the two schools share the Lower Heidelberg township campus, the district said.

A lockdown means students in affected schools can move freely in their buildings, but no students are allowed out. In addition, officials said, no one can enter the buildings during a lockdown.

At 11:30 a.m., college administrators were made aware of a threat that was sent to a group of West Middle School students through the Facetime smartphone app, officials said.

The administration team followed the protocols and immediately began an investigation. Local police have been contacted and responded to provide additional security.

A second message from school officials around 1:30 p.m. informed families that the lockdown had been lifted.

“We continue to work with local police regarding this incident,” the message read. “At this time, there is no evidence that the threat we received today is credible. As an added precaution, we plan to have an increased police presence at the time of layoff today at both schools. “

Lance B. Holton