Authorities say a Lake Norman High School student wanted to get out of class early on Friday, so he told his mom in a text message that he was scared because another student had a weapon at school.
There was no weapon, and the 16-year-old student ended up being arrested because of the text.
Deputies charged the student on Friday with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer in connection with the “false allegations,” the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Wednesday.
According to the sheriff’s office, the student sent the text to his mother Friday morning and asked her to pick him up from school because he became afraid when he heard that another student had a weapon.
The mom reportedly alerted the school about what her son had told her.
Deputies said that school security footage didn’t support the student’s claim about where he claimed to have heard about the weapon.
The student later admitted that he made up the story to get out of school, the sheriff’s office said.
The student is scheduled to appear in court in December.
The incident was one of several this month involving rumors of planned shootings at Iredell-Statesville Schools.
» On Nov. 2, South Iredell High School students who overheard a conversation on a school bus misinterpreted plans for a surprise birthday party as a plot to shoot up the school, causing panic on campus, officials said.
» On Nov. 5, an angry 14-year-old student allegedly threatened to kill a teacher at West Iredell High School. That caused rumors about possible shootings to spread to West Iredell Middle and Brawley Middle schools, as well as the early colleges in the district, creating anxiety among students, officials with Iredell-Statesville schools said. The student was arrested.
» There were more rumors Nov. 6 when a student reportedly discussed dreaming about a shooting at Lake Norman High School. Administrators responded by increasing security on campus, officials said.
» On Nov. 8, someone used a pencil to write a threat on a bathroom wall at North Iredell High School. Officials haven’t disclosed what the threat was, but the sheriff’s office said it is still investigating.
The school district said it is grateful that students are embracing the “see something, say something” policy, but that misinformation has proven to be a challenge.