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Juvenile Suspects Identified In Case Involving Online Threats At School

Juvenile Suspects Identified In Case Involving Online Threats At School

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, in its investigation into the threat received by Arndt Middle School, which was reported Wednesday (May 4), has identified two juveniles who are believed to have disseminated that threat via social media.

At about 10:25 a.m. Wednesday, Arndt Middle School’s administration received notification of a possible threat issued online. Law enforcement was immediately called and safety protocols were enacted. The school was evacuated and searched by law enforcement.

As of 12:25 p.m., the building was cleared after nothing of a threatening nature was found. Students and staff re-entered at that time and classes resumed as normal. Law enforcement was expected to maintain an increased presence at Arndt through the remainder of the day as the investigation continued.

Petitions charging these juveniles, both Arndt Middle School students, with Making a False Report Concerning Mass Violence on Educational Property are being sought through the NC Office of Juvenile Justice.

Threats to schools are felony crimes. Persons making threats to schools will be prosecuted. Anyone making a threat to a school, even in a joking manner, should expect a swift response from authorities. Maximum enforcement measures will be taken.