Police: Teens brought shotgun into high school, social media threats later found

Police: Teens brought shotgun into high school, social media threats later found

STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Iredell-Statesville Schools is making changes to security at Statesville High School after a February incident in which a loaded sawed off shotgun was apparently brought into the school through a back door.

According to Statesville Police, two teens from Rowan County, both under the age of 16, were charged in the incident. Police say they learned of the incident last Wednesday and had charged the juveniles by Thursday afternoon.

The School Resource Officer for Statesville High, Darren Bumgarner, discovered threats on social media that were tied to the boys in Rowan County. During the course of his investigation, Bumgarner learned that the shotgun may have been brought onto the campus in a book bag in mid-February.

No one at the school was hurt, but police say the gun was used later in an off campus shooting incident. No one was hurt in that incident.

Police believe that the gun got into the school through an unlocked door, or that the juveniles were let in the school by a student. They say the students never displayed the gun once inside the school.

Statesville High was placed on lock down last week after officials heard about the threats on social media. Some additional security measures have remained in place, according to school officials.

Police say the juveniles were charged after an investigation was conducted involving Statesville Police, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, Rowan County Sheriff's Office, Salisbury and Spencer Police, and the Rowan-Salisbury Schools, and Iredell-Statesville Schools.

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