FIRST ON WITN: Greenville parent accused of threatening a school shooting

Published: Aug. 28, 2019 at 3:34 AM EDT
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A woman from Greenville is facing charges over claims she threatened to shoot up an elementary school.

According to the arrest warrant, 51-year-old Tarshia Cogdell said she would shoot up South Greenville Elementary School by getting the Bloods to come to the school.

It happened on Monday which was the first day of school, according to the warrant. She was charged with felony communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property and misdemeanor communicating threats.

Greenville police say Cogdell's child goes to the school and that the threat was made in the front office of the school to an employee.

Chief Mark Holtzman says the woman made a similar threat at the school system's central office.

Police say the school was temporarily put on lockdown and additional officers were sent to the school as a precaution.

During her first appearance in court Wednesday, Cogdell asked for a court appointed attorney, was given a $10,000 bond and a next court date of September 11.

Pitt County Schools statement

Pitt County Schools confirms that a serious threat was made to South Greenville Elementary School and several school employees. Our staff, school resource officers, and Greenville Police responded quickly, and necessary precautions were taken to ensure safety at the school itself. Pitt County Schools would like to thank Greenville Police Department for their quick response to the situation. We take every threat seriously, as the safety of students and staff is our top priority.