TRMS responds to threat on social media

Table Rock Middle School responds to threat on social media
Posted on 09/27/2021
Morganton, NC – Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

Burke County Public Schools and Table Rock Middle School were made aware of a threat against the school this morning around 7:45 a.m. We take all threats very seriously and the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. The threat originated on social media. Screenshots of the social media post started to be shared between students and eventually to parents and Table Rock Middle School staff members. As soon as we became aware of the threat, we contacted our lead School Resource Officer. In addition to law enforcement investigating the threat, they also provided extra officers on the Table Rock Middle School campus. Table Rock Middle School Principal Rich Linens notified parents of the situation at 8:15 a.m. this morning. The timing of the reported threat coinciding with the start of the school day and parents being allowed to check out their student(s) created traffic congestion around the school. We want to thank our parents for their patience this morning as we dealt simultaneously with the threat as well as the volume of parents wishing to check out their students. We encourage all students and community members to immediately report to school officials or law enforcement any suspicious threats or concerns regarding the safety of our schools. We are grateful for the great partnership we have with our law enforcement community and are confident this threat will be fully investigated and resolved.

Transcript of the principal's call out to parents:
Good morning Table Rock family. This is your principal, Rich Linens. The health and safety of our students and staff is always a top priority. We are aware of some information concerning our school that is making its way around social media and between students this morning. We are working with law enforcement to track down the information and see if it is credible. In the meantime, we have extra law enforcement officers on our campus this morning. Parents, if you wish, you may check your child out of school today, and the absence will be excused. We will work with your child to make up any missed work. Thank you for your continued support of Table Rock Middle School.

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