A 15-year-old student was charged after making threats of violence against Washington High School on social media, Beaufort County deputies said.
The suspect was charged with making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property and sent to the Pitt Juvenile Detention Facility.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office was notified Wednesday night of a threat of violence against the Washington High School.
Deputies received the notification after a person found the threat on Facebook. It is believed to have originated on Instagram.
The post said a school shooting was going to happen Thursday, deputies said.
Sheriff Ernie Coleman ordered the deputies to investigate the case to verify the threat.
The Beaufort County Emergency Communications said they received several call from people concerned about the shooting threat.
Deputies said that in addition to the assigned School Resource Officer they increased the law enforcement presence at the school.
On Thursday morning, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s School Resource Officers said they identified and located the suspect.
Officers said the suspect’s phone was confiscated as evidence, and he received immediate disciplinary action from the school.