Two Carrboro teens accused of making a threat against a school on social media avoided prosecution Monday but will serve 12 months of probation and perform community service.
Stepbrothers Shane Ryan Long, 17, and Caleb James Etheridge, 16, both of Bolin Creek Drive in Carrboro, were charged Nov. 23 with making a false report of mass violence, a felony.
Chief District Court Judge Joe Buckner lectured the teens about their actions and ordered them to obey their parents and school officials. He also recommended that they seek counseling, Assistant District Attorney Lamar Proctor said.
The teens did not have to admit guilt, but they could be prosecuted for the crime if they don’t follow the judge’s orders. The agreement also required them to forfeit a couple of hunting rifles and any ammunition, Proctor said.
The incident started, prosecutors said, when Long sent a Snapchat picture to Etheridge showing two boxes of ammo with caption, “Ready to shoot the school up!!”
Etheridge posted the same message to his Twitter account, they said, and a parent who saw Etheridge’s Twitter feed contacted school officials, who then contacted police.
District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett ordered the young men in November to abide by a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, attend class every day, complete all of their assignments and follow the school’s rules and regulations.
The Chapel Hill High School students returned to school after the holiday break, attorney Bill Massengale said.