MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A Mooresville elementary school was placed on lockdown after a bomb threat was made Wednesday.

According to Shepherd Elementary School officials, a threatening call was made to the school Wednesday morning. Emergency personnel were called to the school and are working to secure the building, school officials said.

After they swept the building, authorities said "this is a hoax."

School leaders said all students and faculty are safe. Police swept the property and cleared the building.

"We will always take threats seriously as our children's and staff's safety are top priority," school officials said.