Student Charged With Making Death Threats

A Cleveland High School student has been arrested after he allegedly made threats to commit a violent act on school grounds last week.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office was contacted last week after a threatening letter was located in a classroom.  The letter was followed by threats on social media, including a chat room, where the student allegedly commented that everyone was going to die at the school on February 18th.  The comments were accompanied by a photo of guns and knives, authorities said.

Tonnie-Isaiah-Sanders-Jr.-FIOn Monday, Tonnie Isaiah Sanders Jr., 16, of Slate Top Road, Clayton was arrested and charged with making a false report of mass violence on educational property. The charge is a felony offense.

Detective Lt. A.R. Benson said Sanders admitted during questioning to making the statements on social media but claimed it was meant as a joke.

While Sanders has been linked to the online threats, detectives are still investigating who wrote the note found in the classroom on Feb. 17th. 

Sanders was still in jail on Tuesday where he was held under a $20,000 bond.