ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- Deputies are ramping up the search for a person who threatened to shoot up a local school on the last day of class.

Students, and parents like Scott Trexler were inside when Morgan Elementary in Rowan County went on lockdown Wednesday morning.

My daughter was in there in the auditorium with me, but my son was a few doors down, Trexler said. So obviously, yeah I wanted to know what was going on.

The Rowan County Sheriff s Office says the call came from a phone booth off of Jake Alexander Boulevard in Salisbury, just one day after a high school shooting in Oregon. Surveillance video shows a white SUV, which they believe the person was driving.

You never think it's going to happen in a little small town like Gold Hill, but that's the society that we live in now, and you just have to be prepared, Trexler said.

Rita Foil with Rowan-Salisbury Schools says the school s staff was prepared because teachers and students practice active shooter drills two or three times a year.

Is it nerve-racking? Yes, it is for us too, but we get in that mode of, we know what we're supposed to do so let's do it, Foil said. Let's do whatever we have to do to make sure that our kids are safe.

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