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Kinston High students charged with threats against schools

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KINSTON, N.C. -

A group of Kinston High School students are facing charges in connection to a series of threats against South Lenoir High School and Kinston High School.

Police charged 16-year-old Jaquell Lawson, 16-year-old Alexis Whitfield, and two 15-year-old juveniles with Misdemeanor Misuse of the 911 system. Police say the four students prank called 911 four times on Friday.

Police say they called 911 in reference to a shooting at Kinston High School. Investigators say the call was a hoax.

Police say the four are also responsible for the threats made against South Lenoir High School. The first call was about a bomb on South Lenoir's campus, the second about a shooting, and the third about a stabbing. All of those proved to be a hoax as well. Officers say they traced all the calls back to the same number coming from the Kinston High School campus.

Police say the four will face more charges for the threats against South Lenoir.

Lawson and Whitfield were put in jail under a $500 bond. The two juveniles were served juvenile petitions.

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A Lenoir County school lockdown is over.

That's according to Lenoir County School's spokeswoman Lidia Guzman. She tells 9 On Your Side that the lockdown at South Lenoir High School was just precautionary.

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says three calls made to the school today indicated there was a stabbing, shooting, and bomb at South Lenoir. Those calls happened between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Friday.

Officials evacuated the buildings on campus as normal procedure following the bomb threat and went into lockdown following the call about shots fired.

Lawmen also responded, sweeping through the buildings, but finding no evidence of danger. They also quickly determined that the calls originated from Kinston High School and that it was all a hoax.

"These false calls created a disruption at the school, put fear in the hearts of students, parents, and staff, and endanger our responding officers who are rapidly trying to get to the school.  If the callers are identified they will be prosecuted," said Chief Deputy Chris Hill about today's incident.

The investigation will now move toward identifying the callers, said to be a male and female. Hill says false calls of incendiary devices are a felony in North Carolina.

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