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Second Shady Spring High School student arrested for terrorist threats

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Raleigh County Sheriff's Deputies announced on Monday, Dec. 9 that a second arrest has been made in an investigation into terrorist threats against Shady Spring High School.

A second juvenile was taken into custody on Thursday, Dec. 5 as a part of an investigation into terroristic threats made on social media.  Investigators said that they believe that all of the people who were responsible for the threats have been arrested. Both juveniles are still in custody.  Their names are not being released because they are both minors.

Deputies said that they believe the situation is now resolved.  They thanked the community for making them aware of the threats so that swift action could be taken to keep kids at Shady Spring High School safe.




59News is learning new details about a post allegedly made by a student.  Deputies say the student who made the post threatened to kill other students.  The post also was full of curse words and violent photos from the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.

Things seemed like they were mostly normal at Shady Spring High School Wednesday.  A student was arrested Sunday, for allegedly making terroristic threats on the social media website Instagram, which is popular for posting photos.

"I had third block with him and he sat right beside me.  He always talked about how he was all big and bad.  I never thought he was going to threaten to shoot up the school or anything," said Shady Spring High School sophomore Dylan Taylor.

"I was kind of surprised at first, because I didn't think he would do something like that," said sophomore Joshua Reeves.

Raleigh County sheriff's deputies say it does not appear that students were in danger.  On Wednesday, some students and parents thought they saw extra security at school.  But according to Shady Spring High School Principal Daniel Moye, it turns out state troopers showed up to show their support, after the post.

"Those guys are always here when we need them," said Moye.

59News is told a full report will be complied by law enforcement and then forwarded to the school board.  The school board will decide if the student will have to go to school in an alternative setting, if the student will be expelled, or if they will face other consequences.

59News is told that the student remains in custody.  The student's name isn't being released.  Deputies say someone in the community saw the post and notified school officials, then local law enforcement got involved.



Swift action was taken by administrators at Shady Spring High School and the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office when a threat to kill students was made on Instagram.

Deputies arrested a student on Sunday night on a charge of Making Terrorist Threats.  The name of the student is being withheld because he is a minor.  Officials with the Detective Bureau said that the student is in custody and that a preliminary hearing was held on Monday.

The exact text of the threat was full of curse words and violent photos from the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.  One part of the threat stated "There's 900 of you that have no idea what's comin."

According to Raleigh County School Superintendent Jim Brown, school administrators learned of the threat on social media.  He said that local authorities were alerted and action was taken.  Brown said that the leadership team will make a recommendation to the Raleigh County Board of Education concerning the matter.