Police arrested a 17-year-old at Broughton High School in Raleigh on Monday morning, charging that he had threatened to hurt a 15-year-old for withdrawing from a gang.
Officers said in an arrest warrant that Darrell Jermaine Debnam Jr., of 1201 S. East St., had made a spoken threat Monday that the younger youth would face “punishment or retaliation for having withdrawn from a criminal street gang.”
Police did not say if the gang has a name or what activities they believe it carries out.
In a note on the form used to set bail, a magistrate said police had presented evidence that Debnam and another, unidentified youth chased the younger boy at school Monday.
The charge is a felony, and Debnam was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending a court appearance Tuesday, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said.
A condition if Debnam is released from jail is that he cannot be within 100 yards of Broughton, at 723 St. Mary’s St., and has to keep the same distance from any Broughton off-campus events.
The magistrate also wrote that the “same student” had been placed on long-term suspension from Garner High School after a gang-related incident, but it was not clear if that meant Debnam, the other student in the case or the 15-year-old.
School officials said that suspensions were not public information.