RC Student charged with making a false report of mass violence at school

School Superintendent Dr. Janet Mason

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — District Superintendent Dr. Janet Mason stated this morning that “all threats to students and staff would be treated seriously and investigated.” A 17-year-old student was overheard making a threat statement at school and law enforcement was called in. At that point a search of the student’s home revealed that he had a handgun.

There was no active shooter or firearm on campus.

The student has been arrested and charged with making a false report of mass violence on educational property, possession of a handgun by minor, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and disorderly conduct at school. He is currently incarcerated with a $30,000 bond.

This arrest  information is public record released by the RC Sheriff s Department and published at the risk of inspiring copycat actions. Parents please inform your children to report threats to the authorities and not share on Facebook or other social media. 

For those of the public concerned about school safety , the Rutherford County School District is required by law to have a safety plan approved by the local board. That extensive plan by law is shared in closed session and none of its details may be shared by the School Board of Education members or school administration. The plan distribution is restricted by law as shown below.

) Consideration of the School Safety Components of the Plan. – The superintendent
27 shall review the school safety components of the school improvement plans and make written
28 recommendations on them to the local board of education. Prior to a vote to accept a school’s
29 improvement plan in accordance with G.S. 115C-105.25(d), the local board of education shall
30 review the school safety component of the plan for that school in closed session. The board
31 shall make findings on the safety component of the plan. Neither the safety components of the
32 plan nor the board’s findings on the safety components of the plan shall be set out in the
33 minutes of the board.
34 (d) Adoption of the Plan. – The local board of education shall accept or reject the
35 school improvement plan. The local board shall not make any substantive changes in any
36 school improvement plan that it accepts. If the local board rejects a school improvement plan,
37 the local board shall state with specificity its reasons for rejecting the plan; the school
38 improvement team may then prepare another plan, present it to the principals, assistant
39 principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants
40 assigned to the school building for a vote, and submit it to the local board to accept or reject. If
41 no school improvement plan is accepted for a school within 60 days after its initial submission
42 to the local board, the school or the local board may ask to use the process to resolve
43 disagreements recommended in the guidelines developed by the State Board under
44 G.S. 115C-105.20(b)(5).

In order not to put our children and staff at risk, NONE of the confidential material may be shared with the public. The safety and welfare of our children are of the utmost importance and there is a comprehensive safety plan that can be shared with those only who need to know. Be vigilant and report to an authority anything that might make a difference.