Police: North Gaston High School Student Held On $1M Bond For Communicating Threats Of Mass Violence

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Gaston County Police say they arrested a North Gaston High School student for communicating threats of mass violence.

Investigators say they were alerted on May 20th after school administrators were made aware of a threat allegation and informed the school’s resource officer.

The threat was reportedly communicated to several students at the school.  As part of the investigation, police say they searched 18-year-old Jacob Rhyne’s vehicle which was on the campus of the school and found a knife and brass knuckles.

Jacob Brandon Rhyne

Rhyne was charged with possession of weapons on state property (public school) and communicating threats of mass violence.  He was given a $5,000 bond for the weapons charge and a $1M bond for the communicating threats charge.

Anyone with further information on this investigation is asked to contact the Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3320.