Eighth-grader arrested for threatening mass shooting at Charlotte middle school, police say




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  • 2022-09-26 16:58:48Z
  • By WSOC
 

An eighth-grade student in Charlotte was arrested and is facing criminal charges after allegedly threatening a mass shooting at their middle school, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Monday.

CMPD says a school resource officer at Southwest Middle School got a tip about a message on Instagram threatening a mass shooting last Monday.

Officers with CMPD were able to track the account that posted the threat and found it belonged to the eighth-grade student. Police went to the student's home, and the student admitted to making the threat, according to CMPD.

MORE: Authorities explain seriousness of charges when someone makes threats against schools

Police officers arrested the student; it's not clear what criminal charges are pending. A social media post from CMPD says that officers didn't find any weapons inside the student's home.

The student hasn't been identified.

CMPD said that a second student shared "an additional post that could be perceived as a threat," but that student wasn't arrested. Administrators are Southwest Middle School say they'll be handling school discipline for the two students.

RELATED: Student identified in connection with bomb threats made at local schools this week

The threats were made at the beginning of a week that saw numerous other bomb threats at local schools in the area, prompting evacuations and school cancellations.

At least two suspects have been identified in connection with those threats.

(WATCH BELOW: Students who were kept home from school after threats learn their absences are unexcused)

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