Student charged with posting threat

Dec. 21, 2012 @ 06:30 PM

High Point police said an alleged threat posted online led to charges against a high schooler Friday.
Southwest Guilford High School officials on Thursday night became aware of a student writing on Facebook about possibly taking a gun to school the following day, said High Point police Capt. Mike Kirk.
School officials notified parents and police responded to the school early to speak with and search the student, as well as classrooms. No weapons were found and the student told officials that he was kidding about the threat, Kirk said.
The student, a 16-year-old, was charged with disorderly conduct in connection with posting the threat. A second student, also 16, was charged Friday with the same offense after a search turned up a pocket knife in the student’s pants. Police said the second student was not involved in making the threat. The students’ names were unavailable Friday evening.
Police said they respond aggressively to all threats at schools no matter how seemingly insignificant, especially in light of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. last week.
“Everybody was right on top of everything,” Kirk said. “We have to treat even a minor threat as credible and make sure we don’t allow anything to happen.”