'All clear' given to Cabarrus County high schools following threat

- High schools in Cabarrus County closed early Thursday out of 'an abundance of caution' due to a threat investigation, police said. App users click here.

The 'all clear' was given by police around 1:15 p.m. Thursday in Concord. Some students were allowed to go back into their school to grab their belongings. 

Concord Police and the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office said they are jointly investigating the threat made to Cabarrus High Schools. They tell FOX 46 Charlotte that they do not believe the threat to be credible, but out of "abundance of caution" the schools were closed.

"This is a coordinated decision between law enforcement and the school system. No further comment at this time," Chief Gacek said.

Authorities would not disclose any details about what the threat entailed. A spokesperson for Cabarrus County Schools released the following statement to FOX 46 Charlotte: 

All CCS high school campuses will be dismissing early today as a precautionary measure in response to an unspecified threat. This is a coordinated decision between law enforcement and Cabarrus County Schools. The dismissals will begin immediately. Early Colleges are not being released early.

J.N.Fries Middle School also dismissed early as a precautionary response to an unspecified threat, according to CCS. Dismissals began immediately. Car riders could be picked up at Rocky Ridge United Methodist Church.

The following schools were impacted:

•    Central Cabarrus High
•    Concord High
•    Cox Mill High
•    Early College High
•    Early College of Technology High
•    Hickory Ridge High
•    Jay M Robinson High
•    Mount Pleasant High
•    Northwest Cabarrus High

The Concord Police Department sent out a press release around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday stating that the threat made against the schools referenced "explosive devices." 

Concord police say they searched high schools affected and found no evidence that the threat was credible. A joint criminal investigation will now be conducted with the FBI.

Police won't provide any specific details about the threat at this time, but will provide an update on the criminal investigation once more information is gathered. 

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