GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – Two Northeast High School students are facing charges for posting threats online of mass violence against educational property.
The Guiford County Sheriff's Office identified the two students as Noah Chase Kendrick and Tyree Jamar Ellis, both 17.
The investigation started Wednesday after the School’s Resource Officer (SRO) was made aware of threats, directed at Northeast High, posted in WFMY News 2’s Friday Football Fever 'Game of the Week' poll comments section.
Three of the comments referenced “shooting up” Northeast High School.
Investigators obtained the IP addresses and emails from the posters, which showed the computers were at Northeast High School and which students were using them at the date and time the comments were posted.
WFMY News 2's President and General Manager Larry Audas provided this statement about the comments and the investigation:
“WFMY News 2 cooperated fully with the investigation into threats written in the comments section of a recent Game of the Week poll on our website. As a result of this unfortunate incident, comments will no longer be allowed on the WFMY News 2 Friday Football Fever ‘Game of the Week’ Poll.” The polls will continue and we encourage you to continue voting for your school.”
As result Ellis and Kendrick were arrested and charged with Making a False Threat of Mass Violence Against Educational Property.
Guilford County Schools provided this statement about the incident and the arrests:
"School administration has taken appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the GCS Student Code of Conduct. We take threats of this nature very seriously and take all steps necessary to ensure student and staff safety. School administration works collaboratively with the School Safety Office and law enforcement to investigate and determine the source and credibility of the threat. These threats are disruptive to the learning environment and we continue to communicate to both students and parents that making such threats will not be tolerated in Guilford County Schools."