Parents across Western North Carolina on alert after various threats around schools

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Some mountain area parents on high alert Thursday after rumors swirl on social media, causing concerns.

In a statement to News 13, Dr. Will Hoffman, Superintendent at Madison County School, said the school was made aware of an unspecified threat on social media late Thursday morning. The threat was not against to any Madison County Schools.

Madison County law enforcement informed the school of a suspect that was apprehended at around 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Hoffman said there is no current safety issues with any Madison County Schools.

In a similar message, released to North Buncombe High School parents, Principal Dr. Samantah Sircey, says a student brought a concerning social media post to administrators Thursday morning.

Law enforcement was contacted and was able to determine that no threat was made to the school, the students or the staff.

According to Dr. Sircey, the threats were not made about any school, but are statements about government and small-town injustice.

Also Tuesday, at around Noon, Tuscola High School was notified by law enforcement of a vehicle chase in the area. Due to the proximity of the school, and as a precautionary measure, Tuscola went into a minimal lockdown. The lockdown was lifted a short time later. There was never a threat, directly or indirectly, to the school.