BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Raleigh County man now faces felony charges after police say he made threats toward a current Sherman High School student.
Deputies from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office tells WSAZ.com Monday night David Linville, 26, used social media to send a student this message:
“Oh you go to my old school that I graduated from nice lets relive the Newtown shooting but instead its gonna be in Seth wv so watch your back I'm coming for you b****! Hope your ready to die.”
Police said it’s unclear if Linville intended to carry out the threats because he was arrested shortly after the message was shown to police.
“It was fairly specific and actually quite disturbing,” said Chief Deputy Chad P. Barker of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
No weapons were found in Linville’s possession when he was arrested in Beckley, Wednesday.
Sherman High officials tell WSAZ.com the school ran on a modified code red schedule Wednesday which meant students and visitors could only enter and exit through one door.
Both the principal of Sherman High School and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office confirm students and parents were not notified about the threat.
“I think it should've been a bigger issue then what it was,” said senior Ashley Chapman, stating she and her mother wished they were informed about the threat.
“We felt like we had the situation under control and the kids were protected,” Barker said.
Linville is charged with one count of making a threats of a terrorist act and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
Linville is currently out on bond.
David Linville, 26, of Shady Spring, W.Va. is being charged with threats of a terrorist act.
According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Office, Linville made the threat to a student at Sherman High School via social media. The release described the threats as "very specific and disturbing."
The student that received the threats from Linville told the school staff on Tuesday morning and the Deputy Sheriff that is stationed at the school was promptly notified, according to the release.
Linville was located by deputies Wednesday in Raleigh County. According to the release, Boone County Deputies traveled to Raleigh County to interview and arrest Linville. While the deputies were there, they also served a search warrant for Linville's home and collected evidence of the alleged crime.
Linville was arraigned on the charge in Raleigh County Magistrate Court and was released on bond Thursday morning.
According to the release, The Boone County Sheriff's Office worked very closely with the Board of Education and the staff at Sherman High School to ensure the proper steps were taken to keep everyone safe. Sherman High School was on a modified lockdown during the time Wednesday morning with a police presence while Linville was being located. Other schools in the area were placed in modified status only as a precaution. The threat was very specific to one school and that threat was addressed immediately.
"Threats like this are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated. Safety of our school children is our number one priority and we will not allow anyone to compromise that," said Sheriff Randall White.
If found guilty, Linville faces one to three years in prison.
The investigation and swift action was made possible with a combined effort from the Boone County Sheriff's Office, Raleigh County Sheriff's Office, Boone County Board of Education, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Staff and Administration at Sherman High School and the FBI.
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