GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A 16-year-old Page High School student was arrested Sunday night and faces felony charges for posting a threatening message on a peer’s Facebook page, police said in a news release.
Ayana She’ran Pearson, of 4310 King Edward Court, is charged with gaining unauthorized access to a fellow student’s social media account and posting the following message:
“Dear everyone, if you see this and go to page high-school. You better be ware tomorrow i am going to come in with a Gun and set traps to kill almost everyone in the school then im going to kill myself.”
According to police, the message turned out to be a hoax.
Students who saw the post alerted police, who then traced the source of the message to Pearson. She faces one felony charge and six misdemeanors.
The charges include: making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property, cyber-stalking/bullying a minor, cyber stalking threatening staff, computer trespassing, communicating threats and other related charges.
"We pursue all threats as credible until they're deemed incredible," said Greensboro Police Sgt. MJ Harris. "There is no fake posting because we can -- as we did this weekend within a very short time frame -- locate where that posting came from."
Guilford County School officials sent out two phone messages to Page High School parents yesterday, first advising them of the incident and investigation, then updating them after the arrest.
Extra police were on campus this morning to reassure students, parents, and faculty.
“Greensboro police and school officials take all these threats very seriously,” said Capt. Hope Newkirk. “When we learn that there is the potential for harm on one of our campuses, we immediately dedicate all of our resources to ensure the safety of our students.”
Pearson had her first court appearance Monday. She said very little to Judge Angela Fox.
Her mother Shondell was in the court room and asked Judge Fox to keep Ayana in custody. "She won't listen to me. She won't respect me. I can't help her," Shondell Pearson told Judge Fox
Pearson is being held in the Guilford County Jail on a $7,000 secured bond. Her first court appearance is set for 2 p.m. Monday.
If convicted, she could face more than two years imprisonment and fines exceeding $1,000.