CARTHAGE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Moore County high school student was arrested and charged after authorities say he made threats of violence against his school through social media.
The Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Moore County Schools Police received multiple reports of possible threats made against North Moore High School, the sheriff’s office said.
“An unknown account, created through Instagram, showed disturbing images, quotes, and references to the school. Due to the disturbing nature of the account and the possible threat to our community, our schools, and our children, the incident was led by Sheriff Ronnie Fields and investigated by sheriff’s detectives,” the sheriff’s office said in a release.
Early on Thursday, officials determined a 17-year-old was responsible for the threats. The teen was later located in the Robbins area of Moore County. No firearms were accessible by the student, the sheriff’s office said.
The teen was arrested and charged with one count of felony communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property.
He is being held in the Moore County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is set for May 30.
Due to the suspect’s age, authorities are not releasing his name.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other case is asked to contact the Moore County Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip Line at 910-947-4444. The sheriff’s office is appreciative of all information received from the public on this particular case, they said in the release.