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Student charged with threatening North Moore High

May 2, 2019

A 17-year-old student was arrested Thursday on charges that he threatened his high school, authorities said.

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Moore County Schools Police began receiving reports Wednesday night of possible threats made through social media against North Moore High School, at 1504 N. Moore Road in Robbins.

Sheriff Ronnie Fields said the messages were made on Instagram from the account “targetgreenhorse.” The mascot for North Moore High is a mustang, and the schools colors are green, white and gold.

The account, which has since been taken down, included “disturbing images, quotes and references to the school,” authorities said.

Investigators traced the threats to the home of a North Moore High student in Robbins. They said they don’t believe the student, whose name hasn’t been released, had access to any guns to carry out the threats.

“We got a consent to search the home. There were no weapons in the home, period. There were no weapons in the car,” Fields said.

The sheriff said he’s not releasing the student’s name because the case remains under investigation, and he expects more arrests.

“As sad as it may be, the shooting that occurred in Charlotte may have triggered this event, with some kids getting together and saying, ‘Hey, maybe a joke, dah, dah, dah.’ But this is no joking matter,” he said.

Two students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte were killed and several other people were wounded in a Tuesday shooting.

North Moore High Principal Jenny Purvis sent a message to the families of students at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday notifying them of the threat and said additional security would be at the school on Thursday.

At 5:51 a.m. Thursday, Purvis sent a second message to families notifying them of the arrest and that there was no credible threat against the school.

“The safety and security of our students will always remain our top priority,” she said.

Still, local parents were outraged by the incident.

“To me, he should get put in the slammer with no bail, no bond, no nothing,” Kristy Brock said. “When you make a threat to a school, that puts it to where you’re putting a whole lot of people’s lives in danger.”

The student was charged with communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property and was being held in the Moore County jail under $150,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Moore County Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip Line at 910-947-4444.