Nicholas Carroll Anderson
West Iredell High student charged with threatening violent acts at school
FROM STAFF REPORTS
A West Iredell High School student faces criminal charges after an Iredell County Sheriff's Office investigation into a report that he made a threat about committing a violent act on campus this week.
After school officials notified ICSO resource officer Sgt. Dallas Hicks on Thursday that a student had made threats, Hicks and Detective Daniel Stikeleather began an investigation with the assistance of the school's staff, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release.
Statements were gathered from witnesses as well as the suspect, identified as 17-year-old Nicholas Carroll Anderson, Campbell said.
As part of the investigation, deputies searched the suspect’s car, which was parked on campus, and found a five-inch, fixed-blade hunting knife, according to the news release.
Based on witness statements and the evidence, Anderson was placed under arrest and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he was charged with one count of felony making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property and one count of misdemeanor count of possessing a weapon on education property.
Anderson received a $50,000 bond.
The sheriff said the case was a perfect example of why it is critical to have law enforcement officers in local schools.
“Having deputies on campus allows us to immediately step in, and conduct these criminal investigations and make arrests based evidence," Campbell said. "I want to congratulate the school staff and leaders who assisted in this investigation and thank them for our outstanding working relationship. I also want to say thank you to the brave students who stepped up and made the school aware of this threat being made.
"It is our top priority to remain proactive in order to eliminate any potential threats to school safety. We will not condone any violence of threats of violence in the schools of Iredell County," the sheriff added.