Juvenile suspects identified in case involving online threats at school

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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, identified two minors who allegedly broadcast the threat via social media.

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

At 12:25 p.m. the building was cleared after no threatening items were found. Students and staff returned at that time and classes resumed as normal. Law enforcement was expected to maintain an increased presence in Arndt for the rest of the day as the investigation continued.

Petitions accusing these minors, both Arndt College students, of making a false report regarding mass violence on educational property are being sought through the North Carolina Bureau of Juvenile Justice.

Threats against schools are criminal crimes. People threatening schools will be prosecuted. Anyone who threatens a school, even in jest, should expect a quick response from the authorities. Maximum enforcement measures will be taken.

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