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Student arrested after online threats
No one harmed at North Forsyth High
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Forsyth County News

A North Forsyth High School student has been arrested after he reportedly made terroristic threats on a social networking site, authorities said.


Justin Shafter, 17, was charged Wednesday with one count of terroristic threats. He is being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center.


According to a report from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, a school resource officer at North received a tip in the morning that Shafter, a junior, had made threats online against fellow students.


Sheriff Ted Paxton said the officer immediately contacted school administrators, as well as his supervisors, about the threats.


“The sheriff’s office began an investigation and removed the student from school immediately,” said Paxton, adding that “at no time were any students ever in danger.”


The matter remains under investigation, though the sheriff’s report noted Shafter did not have any weapons when removed from campus.


The incident comes just days after three students were killed at an Ohio high school.


“In light of recent events nationwide, we take any hint of threats against students and our school system seriously,” Paxton said. “We will deal with these situations in a rapid manner, thoroughly investigating anything that could bring danger to our community.”