North Augusta student threatens to "Virginia Tech this school"

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

April 19, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.---A North Augusta Middle School teenager made a deadly threat on school grounds today.

During a fight, the 14-year-old boy told teachers and classmates how he would react if he got expelled, saying he was going to "Virginia Tech this school."

The threatening remarks were not taken lightly. Police were immediately called before the teen could make good on his words.

"If it reaches the threshold of violating the law, somebody's going to jail," said North Augusta Public Safety Chief Lee Wetherington.

The 14-year-old sent the threatening message and a picture of himself holding a rifle to another student through his cell phone. That student told school officials, who alerted the police.

"It was another student that turned him in," Chief Wetherington said. "Once he saw the pictures, he took it seriously also."

Chief Wetherington says he has good reason to believe that the 14-year-old may have acted on the threat, and he was not willing to take the chance.

"Because of the disposition he had when we talked with him, we're taking the threat seriously," Chief Wetherington said. "This is not a funny matter, this is not a laughing matter, it's not a joking matter. When you make these kind of utterance, the police are going to look into it."

The student was arrested and taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia. Chief Wetherington believes that this type of "copycat" activity, or threats to do so, should not be ignored. And making such comments, whether serious or not, will land you in jail:

"Certainly insensitive comments, comments in today's climate and today's environment, given what's happened this week, you need to stay away from," he said.

"We're all taking it serious, and we're going to look into it...and if you've stepped over the line and violated the law, you're going to suffer the consequences."

The chief commended the school for reacting so quickly and notifying them. They say that if they had waited it might have been too late.

The student has been charged with disturbing a school and making terroristic threats.

He is being questioned by counselors in the Department of Juvenile Justice, with more charges possible.


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  • by student who supposabliy made a threat on Jun 5, 2009 at 07:02 AM
    first of all the media blows things way out of portion. i never sent a text message saying i was going to Virgina tech my school, the photo of the text message on the web site is fake thats why they're no name listed on the message. I sent a picture of me holding a shot gun during a hunting trip to my friend way before the real Virgina tech incident ever happened and the media made it sound like i took a pic of me to intimidate people, and it wasn't like that at all. buy the way my charges were dropped because it was revealed in court that i in no way broke tha law
  • by Allyson on May 9, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    Sexy Kid... first things first... a Kid is NOT sexy, secondly, you oboviously need to be in school for a while longer because everything you said made no since. The police should have handled it the way they did, if not that kid could have actually done something and then it would have been too late. You have to look at the "what if's".
  • by Jackie on Apr 25, 2007 at 07:24 AM
    TO SEXY KID: why dont you stop worrying about things that are beyond your concern. grow up & stop focusing on things that will get you in trouble if anyone knew who you were.
  • by J J Location: North Augusta Middle School on Apr 24, 2007 at 03:35 PM
    Joking or not his text was still a threat. If the kid didnt tell on the threat im sure something would have gone down. I'm glad the kid got sent to Jouvenile Hall 'cause he deserved it
  • by Turning Point Location: Evans on Apr 23, 2007 at 05:47 AM
    Why? Because there were just 32 innocent victims that were killed without warning. Your gonna open your mouth no matter what race you are at a time in our world like this and say threats like what he said then your an idiot to not think they are going to come down on you hard. Joking?? Well pretty bad joke! Noones laughing.
  • by CONCERN PARENT Location: AUGUSTA on Apr 22, 2007 at 09:15 PM
    FIRST, THIS IS NOT A JOKE! A LOT OF PEOPLE LOST CHILDERN,HUSBANDS,FATHERS.THIS IS NOT A JOKE.AND IT IS NOT FUNNY.IF I WAS HIS PARENTS AND YOURS WHOM EVER THINK THIS WAS FUNNY YOU NEED TO A WAKE UP CALL. GO TO THE YOUNG MANS FUNERAL THAT WAS KILLED AT VIRGINA TECH AND TALK TO HIS PARENTS AND HIS FAMILY AND THEN TAKE THEM TO THE PRISON WITH KILLERS AND ASK THEM HOW FUNNY IT IS OR WAS, WAKE UP KIDS EVERYTHING IS N0T A JOKE.
  • by Sexier Kid Location: Norph Thugusta on Apr 21, 2007 at 08:19 AM
    Eh now. This is whack. I mean he was just joking. Why charge him with Terroristic Threatenin? The system always be jammin a brotha up. Racism much?
  • by sexy kid Location: north augusta on Apr 20, 2007 at 07:35 PM
    yea,I should throw my fist up in that fat kid for what he done.what the police should of done was sit him down give him a number 6 with cheese only gave him a nice beatin' with a wet towl then put him on jenny craig. The parents should be busted over the chest a brick back slaped 9 times (thank ya)
  • by worried and angry parent Location: North Augusta on Apr 20, 2007 at 01:39 PM
    My child attends the 8th grade at NAMS. My child saw the text and never told us about the text. It scares me to why not. He says that the boy was only playing around. I am very angry at that student for his actions I wish for an example to be set for other student understand the severity of the crime that he has commited.
  • by Zach Location: North Augusta Middle School on Apr 20, 2007 at 01:22 PM
    if the boy hadn't told the police, the boy in the picture could have really hurt or even possibly killed some people.
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