Student arrested for threatening principal on Facebook

Summary:Police have arrested a 16-year-old from Fort Mill High School in North Carolina for making a threat against the school's principal, Dee Christopher, via Facebook. The message, dated March 3, 2011, reads as follows (the student's original spelling and grammar is left intact), according to Herald Online"My goal is to attend your high school for one period.

Police have arrested a 16-year-old from Fort Mill High School in North Carolina for making a threat against the school's principal, Dee Christopher, via Facebook. The message, dated March 3, 2011, reads as follows (the student's original spelling and grammar is left intact), according to Herald Online"

My goal is to attend your high school for one period. That would be physical conditioning. Haha, I don’t like the way you disrespected me when I told you that I’m gonna change the world. It’s my choice to let you live. That wasn’t a threat, it was a promise/statement. Take it how ever you’d like to. This is a peace treaty towards you sir. I’m a very smart person, beyond you high school reachings [sic]. Sorry to let you know that but you helped put myself back in line.

The school immediately suspended the student and released him to his father. The Fort Mill Police Department then arrested him for making the threat and creating a disturbance. Officials wouldn't release his name because he is not yet 18 and is thus being charged as a juvenile, but they did search his home due to the severity of the threat and because it was directed at a school official.

At Fort Mill, school policy dictates that a student who communicates a threat to a staff member or teacher can face a range of disciplinary actions from suspension to expulsion. In this case, it's not clear if the student will also face expulsion and if not, how long the suspension will last. Then again, I'm pretty sure he's more worried about the arrest anyway.

Topics: Social Enterprise

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