Tarboro High School on Monday afternoon went on lockdown as a precautionary measure before classes were allowed to resume, authorities said via social media.
Tarboro police, in a posting on Facebook, said the department shortly before noon received a call about a person walking along Howard Avenue carrying a bag with what appeared to be a protruding barrel of a rifle.
Tarboro police said the person was last seen approximately two blocks away from the high school and walking toward the campus, which is in the 1400 block of West Howard.
Tarboro police said school officials activated the school’s emergency lockdown protocols while officers and Edgecombe County deputies saturated the campus as well as the surrounding areas.
Tarboro police said the lockdown was lifted because an extended and in-depth search did not result in finding anyone with a firearm.
However, Tarboro police said to prevent any further disruptions and help ensure the safety of the students and staff, extra officers were assigned to the campus for the remainder of the school day.