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SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Threat Against Camo-Wearing High School Students

A teenager faces several charges after lawmen say he was assaulted and then threatened violence at school.

Authorities say the Wayne County Deputy Darryl Powe, the resource officer at Charles B. Aycock High School, received information Thursday that a student had made a threat against other students.

The deputy and school officials attempted to speak to 16-year-old Devon Elder, but they say he became hostile, acted violent and then ran off. Powe followed and took Elder into custody.

Authorities report their investigation revealed that two or three people wearing camoflauge assaulted Elder Tuesday night off campus, in Pikeville. They say after Elder then made the threat "he was going to the school and was going to shoot everyone wearing camouflage on Friday." The alleged threat was posted by other students on their Facebook pages.

The Sheriff's Office reports even though Elder was still locked up, additional deputies were put on duty at the school Friday. They report at no time was the school under lockdown or weapons found at the school.

"In today's world, the school nor law enforcement can afford to not take any threat seriously," said Sheriff Carey Winders. "The Sheriff's Office Support Services Division which includes our School Resource Officers immediately initiated an investigation into this situation. I appreciate their initiative to get to the bottom of this and to take the precautions that they did to ensure everyone's safety."

Elder's is charged with communicating threats, as well as resisting, obstructing and delaying a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct.


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