A teenager appeared in court Thursday after telling classmates earlier this week he was planning to “shoot up” his high school.
Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the 17-year-old told them he was only joking about the comment he made Monday at Asheville’s T.C. Roberson High School, WLOS reported. Officials didn’t find it amusing.
“The thing is we have to take everything seriously,” Buncombe schools Assistant Superintendent Joseph Hough told the local station. “We have a process that we go through when we hear these comments and we do that out of an abundance of caution because we want to make sure everyone is safe.”
Classmates reported the student after overhearing his comment. Officials detained and searched the teen, but found no weapons, according to local reports. The search extended to his home, where officers found unloaded guns and relocated them to another family member’s home, the reports said.
The student was initially charged with making a false report related to mass violence on school property, and was charged Thursday with communicating a threat, the Citizen-Times reported.