The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning (Thursday) an arrest in connection with two social media threats of violence.
Late Wednesday afternoon, detectives with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office took a 17 year-old local high school student into secured custody for the social media threats of mass violence at Corinth Holders High School, Smithfield Selma High School and South Johnston High School.
The teen is being held in a juvenile detention facility in Raleigh.
Sheriff Steve Bizzell said juveniles assume that because of their age there are few swift penalties associated with their crimes. However, as yesterday’s investigation shows, deputies will work hard to ensure that even juveniles will be held accountable for their actions.
“We continue to see, much too often, disruptions in our classrooms, including social media threats of violence. Students, school staff, parents and grandparents, law enforcement, and our communities as a whole, are tired of seeing our students being fearful in an environment where they should feel safe to learn,” said Sheriff Bizzell.
“As Sheriff, our deputies will continue to use their expertise, training, and all other resources available to track down these individuals that are terrorizing our kids and grandkids, and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”