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Principal: Swain County Schools locked down after 'very credible' threat

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BRYSON CITY, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The office of the Swain County superintendent said all schools in the district were on lockdown Thursday morning.

According to Mark Sale, the principal of Swain County High School, educators were contacted by a parent regarding a threat on social media. Sale didn't detail the contents of the threat, but said they found it to be "very credible."

The school contacted law enforcement and placed the high school on lockdown within minutes. The four additional county schools were also placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Sale said buses to the high school were stopped and students were secured in safe positions, but were later sent home.

In a statement released on their Facebook page, the school district said no weapons were found on any campuses. 

The school district said they decided dismissing school for the rest of the day after the incident was cleared by law enforcement was in the best interest of the students. 

Parents do not receive notifications during an active lockdown, but are given information as soon as it is safely possible, the district said

The State Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case.

Read the school's full statement below:

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