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Student arrested, charged in school shooting threat


By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A threatening post on a social media site Tuesday prompted a partial lockdown and increased security at J.H. Rose High School and resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old student.

The incident began about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after a student spotted an Instagram post that threatened a shooting, according to the Greenville Police Department. 

“The student sent a message through our Facebook page and then called and asked to speak with an officer,” Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter said.

The Instagram post gave detectives a good idea who was behind the threat, Hunter said. 

“We have the source of the poster, and it references a school shooting at J.H. Rose High School,” she said.

Detectives interviewed students and staff at the school, located at 600 W. Arlington Blvd., and detained and later arrested the 16-year-old. 

Treshaun Palmer was charged with making a false threat of mass violence against educational property, a felony. He was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.

Last month, a 14-year-old girl at South Central High School student was arrested for making a similar threat on Snapchat. Her posting followed one made earlier in day against South Central.

The postings came just days after 17 people were killed in a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. They prompted heightened security at schools across the county. 

Police said more arrests were expected in the February incidents, but Hunter said Tuesday detectives have been unable to track down the source of the original post. An investigation is continuing.

Contact Tyler Stocks at tstocks@reflector.com and 252-329-9566. Follow him on Twitter at TylerstocksGDR