No gunshots fired at North Carolina high school

Topsail High School

James Rowell said deputies responded to reports of shots being fired at the school around 6:30 Friday morning.

- A report of an active shooter at a North Carolina high school sparked a large law enforcement response Friday morning, according to the Pender School System.

An emergency dispatcher with the Pender County Sheriff's Office tells TIME that multiple units are on scene at the school as of 7 a.m. Friday.

WRAL reports there was a heavy law enforcement presence at the school, which is located at 245 N. Saint Johns Church Road in Hampstead, when the reports of an active shooter first surfaced.


However Commissioner George Brown told WECT there is a malfunctioning piece of equipment at the school that sounds like gunfire when it makes a noise. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

The school district also said that buses for South Topsail, North Topsail and Surf City Schools were being routed to their respective school campuses, where students were to remain on lockdown on buses. Authorities said he claimed to have brought the gun to school because he planned to stop a rumored school shooter.

Topsail High School is about 105 miles southeast of Raleigh.

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