On April 19, 2007, North Augusta Department of Public Safety Officers arrested a 14-year-old North Augusta boy on a charge of “Disturbing Schools / Terroristic Threats”.
This juvenile was attending class at North Augusta Middle School and was preparing to physically engage another student. While on school grounds, the suspect made the comment that should he get expelled for fighting that he was going to “Virginia Tech this school”, referring to North Augusta Middle School.
In addition to this incident taking place, the suspect text messaged another student at North Augusta Middle School with a photograph of himself holding a rifle. The text message additionally included music that was violent in nature.
Upon learning of this incident, North Augusta Middle School officials contacted Public Safety and the suspect was placed under arrest. The boy was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.
The North Augusta Department of Public Safety wants to send a clear message that these type of comments will not be tolerated and that anyone making these type of remarks will be dealt with as the law applies.
"It's just uncalled for," said Chief Lee Wetherington. "But once we start looking into it, and we see that there may be some seriousness to the context of what was said, we're going to take serious action."