Deputies: Suspicious voice mail sent to school was accident

Noise heard was not that of gunshots, investigators said

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BAYBORO - A voice mail with what sounded like gunshots, sent to a local school, was actually an accident, according to investigators.

At about 8:36 a.m. Thursday, staff at the Pamlico Primary School in Bayboro checked the school's voice mail. On one of the messages, noise that sounded like gunshots was heard, said Dr. Wanda Dawson, superintendent of Pamlico County Schools. No one spoke in the message.

She said since Sandy Hook the school has already adopted new safety procedures, such as only one entrance and exit.

Dr. Dawson said the school immediately went on lockdown, allowing no students to go outside.    

"With all that's happened nationwide, we can't afford to just think that oh that's nothing or there's no seriousness to that matter," said Dr. Dawson.

School officials contacted the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office to trace the call.

Deputies said they did trace the source of the call. It turned out, a woman had accidentally dialed her phone to call the school, and the noise in the voice mail was actually the sound of construction, investigators said.

Pamlico Primary School was put on temporary lockdown during the investigation; students were not allowed to go out to recess. The principal sent an automated phone call to parents, alerting them of what happened.

One parent felt the school handled the situation very well. 

"I think they did a great job doing what they needed to go to make sure our children were safe," said Pam Spain.

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