14-year-old charged after threatening to "shoot up" West Iredell HS, police say

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A 14-year-old is facing charges after he threatened to shoot up West Iredell County High School this week, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies said on Wednesday, Oct. 31, School Resource Officer A. Lawrence was notified by a staff member at the high school about a threat a student had made the day before about bringing a "Glock to school and shooting it up." 

Authorities were able to identify the suspect as well as witnesses who heard the threat. All were interviewed and based on the evidence gathered, a 14-year-old student was charged with one count of felony false report of mass violence on educational property. 

The charges have been turned over to Juvenile Services. 

“This case is a shining example of how well we work with the school system and how quickly situations like this can be handled when the proper assets are in place. No student or staff member was danger and no weapon was located on school grounds. I want to be absolutely clear, we will not tolerate any threats or acts of violence to students or staff members in the school system," Sheriff Campbell said in a statement, released on Friday.