Student arrested for making text message threats against Alamance-Burlington schools


Kelvin John Slade

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- An Eastern Alamance student has been charged in connection with multiple incidents of threatening messages sent to students at two Alamance-Burlington schools.

The messages resulted in lockdowns Tuesday on the campuses of Eastern and Western Alamance high schools, as well as Woodlawn and Western middle schools.

The threats were made on April 27, May 5, May 21 and May 22.

Half of the students at Eastern Alamance High School were absent on Wednesday.

Kelvin John Slade, 16, of Burlington, has been charged with two counts of false report of mass violence against educational property.

Slade was arrested Tuesday and released from the Alamance County Detention Center after posting a $10,000 secured bond.

On Wednesday, Slade was served with four additional warrants for false report of mass violence against educational property. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of obstructing justice for misleading investigators during questioning. Bond for these charges has been set at $250,000.

Slade posted bond on the additional charges at 4:30 p.m. and was released. He is scheduled for a first appearance in court Thursday.

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said in a press conference that there is no evidence that Slade was going to go through with the threats.

Slade posted messages that said things like, "There are bombs planted underneath the Mebane Arts Center," and shared them through apps called Text Me and Text Now.

“I can only give you my personal opinion, which may not be correct, I think for attention,” Johnson said in response to why he thinks Slade made the reports. “I think for attention and that's sad when we're talking about a 16-year-old young man who has no criminal record.”

Johnson said they tracked down Slade the old-fashioned way because cellphone carriers did not provide information fast enough. Investigators had to ask around and interview people.

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