MACON CO., NC (WSPA) – A Franklin High School student was arrested overnight after he was heard making threats as he was leaving his school bus after arriving home Wednesday, according to Macon County Schools.
According to the school, the bus driver heard the student make more than one statement that threatened the safety and well-being of fellow students.
The bus driver contacted school officials, who then contacted the School Resource Officer and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for an investigation.
The school says detectives with the sheriff’s office conducted interviews and got video from the school bus camera.
The 16 year old student was charged with communicating threats and making a false report of mass violence to a school.
The school says the student is the only person involved in making threats. The 16 year old’s bond was set at $10,000.
After the student is released, he will also be subject to disciplinary action by the school system.
A second threat was made at Union Academy Middle School in Macon County, according to the school system’s Facebook page. According to the post, a teacher heard a 14-year-old ask another student, “Do you want to be a school shooter?” and “Hey you wanna go shoot up a school.” The School Resource Office detained the student and called in the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. After interviews with witnesses and the alleged student, investigators filed a Juvenile Petition stating the offenses of False Report of Mass Violence on Educational Property.
“These two young students made very poor decisions and are facing serious consequences for their actions. This type of activity will not be tolerated in our schools,” stated Sheriff Robert Holland. “Both students involved in the incidences have not claimed bullying as the reason they made the threats and the two students during their interviews never mentioned being bullied in the past. During their interviews, both students stated that they were NOT serious in the threats made against students. Both students had a parent present in the room when interviewed by law enforcement.”
The school says there will be additional support services and counselors on campus today for students and faculty.
School Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin and Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland released the following statement
The threats made yesterday were extremely serious in nature and all of our staff took the appropriate steps immediately following the statements. Threats of any kind against students and/or faculty will not be tolerated. These types of threats will be investigated thoroughly and prosecuted if appropriate.