MCLEANSVILLE — Two juveniles face criminal charges after a stolen handgun was found inside a vehicle at Northeast Guilford High School, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
On Monday, the school resource officer and administrators at Northeast Guilford heard a rumor of a gun somewhere on campus.
That rumor turned out to be true: Two juveniles were found in the school parking lot, along with a firearm inside a vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.
The juveniles, who were not identified due to their ages, are charged with possession of a weapon on educational property and possession of a stolen firearm.
“Once again, a tip from students and the quick actions of the Northeast Guilford High School administration and law enforcement helped us identify and possibly avert a very serious situation in our schools,” Nora Shoptaw, a spokeswoman for Guilford County Schools, said in an email.
Incidents like this, though, are starting to become routine in the region.
In the weeks since a fatal shooting at Mount Tabor High School in neighboring Forsyth County, several schools in Guilford and Rockingham counties have received threats of violence or dealt with incidents involving firearms.
In Rockingham County on Tuesday, McMichael High School was briefly put on lockdown after receiving “a concerning call,” Rockingham County Schools posted on its Facebook page.
Lt. Kevin Suthard, a spokesman for the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, said it “was quickly determined not to be a credible threat,” but the school was still under “secured perimeter” after the lockdown — meaning, no one was allowed to enter or leave the building while the school otherwise operates as usual.
Suthard said the investigation is continuing and that charges may result.
It’s the second time that McMichael has needed heightened security in the last month.
On Sept. 8, another call caused officials to enact a secured perimeter at the school. That incident appears to have been a prank call traced to northern Virginia, school officials said. The investigation is continuing in that case and there have been no arrests, according to Suthard.
Just this past Saturday in Guilford County, a juvenile was arrested after posting a threat to High Point Central High School on social media.
In early September, a lockdown drill at Jamestown Middle School quickly turned real when a student was seen with a BB gun. Though no one was threatened, the lockdown spread to other local schools, including Ragsdale High and GTCC.
And on Sept. 21, 18-year-old Kayshaun Williams was arrested at his Jamestown home after police were notified of a potential threat to five Guilford County high schools.
Rumors of threats have made situations at local schools more difficult, authorities say.
“Just like spreading any rumor or gossip that you hear,” Suthard said, “it inevitably changes down the line.”
Still, he added: “We take all of that seriously here. We have to — in today’s society — unfortunately.”