STATESVILLE, N.C. — Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office say they charged a 14-year-old for making threats of a mass shooting at West Iredell High School.
Deputies say a parent told them about the threat while they were investigating another incident. An investigation was immediately initiated; school officials and the school resource officer were informed.
Deputies say they identified the student involved in the case and a meeting was set up with the student and the student’s parents. Several students who had knowledge of the threat were also interviewed, according to a news release.
During the interviews, officials say it was discovered that the suspect had been talking about this for a few days and told others not to come to school on Monday.
Authorities say they charged the student with communicating a false report of mass violence on educational property. A news release says the student who was charged has a history of repeated incidents similar to this in the Iredell-Statesville School Systems.
Sheriff Campbell added, “It is always beneficial in these types of investigations when we are
able to work closely with school administrators such as we did in this case with Mrs. Gaither,
and her staff at West Iredell High School. We take a zero tolerance when it comes to violence or threatened acts of violence on our school system. We will not accept this kind of behavior, and will do all we can to protect our students, parents and school staff members.”
No other details were provided in the case.