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Mitchell Logan Webb

A Freedom High School student was charged Wednesday after threatening to carry out a school shooting.  

Mitchell Logan Webb, 18, of Solid Rock Cove in Morganton, was charged with one felony count of making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property, according to a Burke County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Webb threatened to “pull a fire alarm and get everyone to come outside and shoot them all,” one student told school administrators, according to the release.

“He stated that he was going to be a school shooter,” the student said.  

A Freedom principal contacted the school resource officer, who talked with the student who made the report. Webb then was brought to the administration office for questioning.

Webb was arrested and taken to the magistrate’s office. He was charged and given a $10,000 secured bond before being transported to a local jail.

The threat happened two days after a student at Patton High School threatened to “shoot up the school.” The student, Mackenzie Ray Swink, 17, of Melvin Propst Drive in Morganton, was charged with the same crime and was given a $50,000 secured bond.

Aside from Burke County, The News & Observer has reported that a threatening post about school shootings has circulated in multiple North Carolina counties.

Every time the post is shared, the name of the school or district is changed, leading officers to believe the threat is not legitimate, according to a Facebook post from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.  

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