Student arrested for making threats, having knife at West Iredell High School

A student has been arrested after he reportedly made threats and brought a knife to West Iredell High School on Thursday, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. 

Nicholas Carroll Anderson, 17, is charged with felony making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property and misdemeanor possession of a weapon on education property. 

On Thursday, Feb. 8, information was received by school officials about a student making comments earlier in the day about committing a violent act. School officials notified the School Resource Officer immediately.

An investigation was initiated by School Resource Officer Sergeant Dallas Hicks and Detective Daniel Stikeleather of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office along with school staff. Statements were gathered from witnesses and the suspect, identified as Anderson.

"Students overheard comments made and they were alarming, students acted very bravely and went to school administration," said Officer Hicks. 

As part of the investigation, the student's car which was parked on campus, was searched and a fixed blade hunting knife with a five inch blade was found. 

"We investigated to make sure there was no threat and to make sure we eliminated the potential threat," said school Principal Gordon Palmer.

Based on statements obtained and the located knife, Anderson was placed under arrest and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged. He was given a $50,000 secured bond.