Two Davidson County teens are being held in detention after being accused of calling in separate threats to North Davidson Middle School and Ledford High School, authorities said Wednesday.
Diana Kees, a spokeswoman for N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, declined to comment about the boys’ cases.
In general, a magistrate or a judge would order a juvenile offender be placed in secure custody if the juvenile is a danger to himself or the community at large, Kees said.
The most recent case happened Tuesday when a 13-year-old boy was charged with threatening mass violence at North Davidson Middle School.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were alerted Monday to threats of violence at the school. The student alleged the violence would take place Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators said they discovered no evidence to suggest that the teenager had immediate access to weapons in order to carry out the threat.The juvenile’s court date is today.
The sheriff’s office reported the student was turned over to the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
“This type of threat will not be tolerated, no matter the age of the perpetrator(s) and the person(s) responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Grice said in a statement.
Two weeks ago, a 14-year-old boy was accused of calling in a threat of violence to Ledford High School, the day after the mass shooting that killed 17 students and teachers at a high school in Florida.
The teen lives in the High Point area of Davidson County, but the sheriff’s office didn’t identify him.
The teen was arrested Feb. 20 and charged with one count of felonious threat of mass violence on educational property.
Investigators determined that the teen had no immediate access to weapons to carry out the threat.
Authorities said that the boy called the high school and communicated a “threat of mass violence.”
Investigators learned that a Ledford Middle School student was the caller.
That teen also was turned over to the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The teen was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 27.
The sheriff’s office didn’t provide further details about either case because both involve juvenile offenders.
Grice said that his office presented the cases to the state juvenile-justice officials.