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Student charged who made social media threat to West Craven H.S.

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The Craven County Sheriff's Office announced Friday the student involved in the social media threat to West Craven High School has been charged.

The student, who wasn't named, is facing charges of making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property. The charge came after the sheriff's office consulted with District Attorney Scott Thomas.

The Craven County Sheriff's Office and staff at West Craven High School worked together on the investigation and took steps to make sure students were safe at school on Friday.

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Another social media threat, this time involving students at West Craven High School in Vanceboro, has been deemed not credible by the Craven County Sheriff's Office.

Investigative Sgt. Mike Sawyer said in an email Thursday night the sheriff's office received numerous complaints of a shooting at West Craven High School on Friday circulating on social media. In the post, which was sent to NewsChannel 12, it said "Craven County Students DO NOT go to school tomorrow."

The sheriff’s office said it has investigated the threat and have deemed it not credible.

"The threat originated on a school bus this afternoon from a student. The student has been identified and not allowed to go to school tomorrow," Sawyer said in the email.

The threat follows other copycat-style threats posed to schools in Onslow, Pitt, Wayne, Hyde, Martin, Craven and Beaufort counties since the school shooting in Florida. On Wednesday, a student from Arapahoe Charter School was taken into custody for communicating a threat.

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