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Union County Sheriff’s Office investigating school threat

A Union County student could be in trouble with the law for allegedly posting threat against...
A Union County student could be in trouble with the law for allegedly posting threat against Cuthbertson High School.(Coleen Harry)
Published: Oct. 19, 2018 at 10:31 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Union County student could be in trouble with the law for allegedly posting threat against Cuthbertson High School.

The Union County Sheriff's Office says the school resource officer at Cuthbertson High School received information Thursday night about a photo on snapchat showing a backpack with a weapon.

The Sheriff's Office says investigators looked into the matter and didn't find the threat to be credible but they're still seeking a juvenile petition against that student for communicating a threat of mass violence.

“In this day and time we take anything that even resembles a threat seriously and it was enough resemblance to that school that school resource officer knew that it was probably meant for that school” said Chief Deputy Todd Elmore.

Just the day before there was something at Cuthbertson Middle School. A message had to be sent to parents of kids there, reassuring them that a rumor about a threat against the school was just a rumor. Two days in a row Union County spent resources dealing with school threats.

Chief Deputy Elmore says resource officers have been doing education seminars with students warning them against posting school threats.

“Look at what happened in the past. The students that made these threats ended up in the system and ended up being out of school so there’s ramifications for that action and I think it’s worked.”

Back in August – just before the new school year started - the FBI and local police launched a campaign warning the public to not post hoax threats. The campaign - #thinkbeforeyoupost – includes social media messages, posters and billboards.

Chief Deputy Elmore says he believes most kids are listening but some insist on ignoring the message. “I think based on the social media atmosphere you’re going to have them. But we’ve done a good job we believe to mitigate them and they’re not as prevalent as they were at one point.”

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