Student accused of threatening to harm Wheatmore, Trinity high school students charged

Jacob Thomas Norris

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A Wheatmore High School student who was barred from returning to campus after allegedly making a list of students to harm has now been charged.

Jacob Thomas Norris, 17, is charged with solicitation to commit murder.

On Feb. 28, the school resource officer at Wheatmore High received a report from the principal about possible threats against students at Wheatmore and Trinity high schools.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office obtained a true bill of indictment from the Randolph County Grand Jury for Norris.

Norris was booked into the Randolph County Jail under a $350,000 secured bond.

Randolph County Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Gainey released the following statement on March 5:

“As soon as the administration at Wheatmore High School learned about this situation, a thorough investigation was immediately started. In addition, the school’s administration immediately contacted the leadership of the school system and the school’s School Resource Officer (SRO). As a result, the school’s SRO and other members of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department worked closely with the school’s administration and the leadership of the school system throughout this investigation. Please note that the student in question has not been on any school’s campus at any time since the school’s administration became aware of this situation. Also, the list involved in this situation was not found on any school’s campus. However, due to this situation being a confidential student matter, our school system can not discuss this situation in greater detail. Our school system is doing everything possible to maintain safe school campuses for our students and staff members. The safety of our students and staff members always will be our top priority.”