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Two West Forsyth HS students arrested for alleged threats made via social media

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Two students at West Forsyth High School have been arrested for allegedly making threats of violence related to a school shooting.

The Forsyth County's Sheriff's Office said they were notified by a concerned parent of a potential social media post by a student depicting a firearm and a threat Wednesday night.

The student was identified and both student and parents were interviewed by authorities. The student was taken into custody and charged with one count of terroristic threats and acts, then overturned to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Another student was also arrested for making a threat on social media on Thursday.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office released the following statement regarding the incident:

The Sheriff’s Office takes each and every report of suspicious activity seriously. We continuously work closely with our school safety partners to ensure all of our schools stay safe. This week alone we have received several reports of suspicious activity that we fully investigated and found no creditable threat; however, this situation was different and was a legitimate concern. 

We continue to strongly urge students, parents, and facility to say something if they see or hear of ANY suspicious activity. 

Meanwhile, the school's principal confirmed in a letter to parents that the student would not return to school. The letter is provided below:

Dear West Forsyth HS Parents,

As some of you may be aware, we had a threat made on Twitter this afternoon. We immediately contacted the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and conducted an investigation. It was quickly discovered that the threat was not credible and that the safety of our school was not compromised. We did have additional law enforcement on the campus this afternoon as a precaution. The 15-year-old male student that made the threat on Twitter was arrested and will not be returning to school. I deeply appreciate our school and district staff, as well as the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, for keeping our school safe, and the relationships that we have with our students and parents. I look forward to seeing my West family at school tomorrow.

Karl Mercer, Principal

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