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Social media threats against NC school system leads to arrest of juvenile suspect

Officials arrested another juvenile suspect Wednesday morning for making a false report concerning mass violence on a school campus in North Carolina.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a social media threat made against Martin County Schools about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

All evidence suggests the suspect acted alone in posting the threat, according to a press release from Martin County Sheriff Tim Manning. Officials did not indicate if the suspect is a student in the school system.

Martin County joins a long list of school districts where threatening posts have been shared across the state since the weekend. Similar reports have come out of Burke, Cleveland, Gates, Harnett, Hyde, Nash, Pasquotank, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson counties.

In Wake County, school leaders indicated Tuesday morning they were investigating a possible situation at North Garner Middle School involving “various versions of rumors that the students are sharing with each other,” though they said there was no threat to the school at the time.

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