HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — High Point police responded to a threat of violence posted on social media.
According to police, on Sunday around 1:00 p.m., High Point police received a call regarding a threat posted on social media that included a Google Map overview of High Point Central High School.
A spokesperson with the department said a student first called 911, who reported the post to the school resource officers at High Point Central.
Officers identified a 16-year-old suspect who was then arrested for a false report of mass violence on educational property.
A spokesperson for HPPD confirmed the threat was a Snapchat warning of sending a “nuke” to students at High Point Central.
“You’ve got to take them serious nowadays, I mean the way the things are you don’t know what’s real and what’s fake now,” High Point Central father Chris Wilson said. “You’ve got to look at everything on a heightened level when you’re a parent in a way.”
Officers determined there was no credible threat to the school.
“It becomes very intense and explosive the way it takes off,” Capt. Patrick O’Toole said about threats on social media.
He said the original post can be tricky to track down, something confirmed by calls to 911 Sunday afternoon.
“Like 20-30 people re-posted it, like I don’t know who was the original person who posted it,” a caller stated dispatch.
O’Toole credits the school resource officers for finding the 16-year-old, and for building the relationship with students where they felt comfortable going to law enforcement.
He shared this message for parents:
“Look at our response, look at how seriously we’ve taken this each time, what we want is to demonstrate to you that we’re on the job we’re paying attention we are a crime-fighting organization that’s what we do.”
He added officers need help from families too.
“Let it be known, I talk to [my daughter] I asked her if you have any problems just come and talk to us we try to stay up on it and do the best we can as parents,” Wilson said.
FOX8 has learned the suspect was a student at the school.
The arrest comes days after Kayshaun Williams, 18, of Jamestown, was released from jail.
Williams was charged with false report of mass violence on educational property. The threat included pictures of firearms and a list of Guilford County Schools.