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Cabarrus officials increase security after bomb threats to schools

Sarah Delia

Cabarrus County officials say they believe a student may have been responsible for at least one of the incidents after five area schools were evacuated yesterday when they received bomb threats.

Cox Mill Elementary, along with Jay M. Robinson, Northwest Cabarrus and Cox Mill High School in Cabarrus County all received threats — but no explosive devices were found. On Tuesday, Cabarrus County Sheriff Van Shaw spoke at a press conference in Concord and said county schools would have increased security today.

Cabarrus County Schools officials say Cox Mill High School was evacuated Wednesday morning after another bomb threat.

“The kids safety is paramount in this community and we’re gong to do everything that we can,” Shaw said. “We’re fortunate through investigative efforts we’ve resolved the issue at Northwest Cabarrus High School that involves two different bomb threats over the past two days. We’ve resolved that. They were false threats. We have identified an individual and we’re proceeding through the investigation and we’ll be charging that individual.

Shaw said the false threats are punishable with up to 39 months in prison.

Students at Mooresville High School were also dismissed yesterday after a district spokesperson says the school received an automated message conveying a bomb threat.

No bomb was found.

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Woody is a Charlotte native who came to WFAE from the world of NASCAR where he was host of NASCAR Today for MRN Radio as well as a pit reporter, turn announcer and host of the NASCAR Live pre race show for Cup Series races. Before that, he was a news anchor at WBT radio in Charlotte, a traffic reporter, editor of The Charlotte Observer’s University City Magazine, News/Sports Director at WEGO-AM in Concord and a Swiss Army knife in local cable television. His first job after graduating from Appalachian State University was news reporter at The Daily Independent in Kannapolis. Along the way he’s covered everything from murder trials and a national political convention to high school sports and minor league baseball.