Lockdown lifted after bomb threat prompts evacuation, heavy police presence at Hough High School

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said the school was on lockdown for police activity and that the incident was under investigation.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said the school was on lockdown for police activity and that the incident was under investigation.
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 1:48 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 6:50 PM EDT
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MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – The lockdown has been lifted after sources told WBTV that a bomb threat is what led to the evacuation of Hough High School in Cornelius, with heavy police presence at the campus Friday afternoon.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said the school was on lockdown for police activity and that the incident was under investigation. Around 3:20 p.m., CMS said the lockdown was lifted.

Cornelius Police later provided a statement, revealing more information about the incident.

At 1:20 p.m., police say an individual called Hough High School and stated there was a bomb located somewhere on the property of the school.

Students and staff were evacuated and a search of the inside and outside of the school was completed. No suspicious items were found and all students and staff were released.

A tweet from the Cornelius Police Department asked drivers to avoid the Bailey Road area. Parents were being directed to the student parking lot to pick up their students.

Detectives are now working to determine who made this threat.

“We would like to thank Huntersville Police Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Davidson Police Department, CMS Police, the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Cornelius Fire Department, Davidson Fire Department, MEDIC, and Hough High School staff for their invaluable assistance,” the statement read.

If you have any information on who may have called in this threat, please contact the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773.

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