Goldsboro Police Department officers arrested and charged a Goldsboro man for communicating threats of mass violence against two Wayne County schools through Facebook.
Goldsboro Police Capt. Doug Bethea said Adam Craig, 24, of 907-B. N. George St., was arrested Monday after threatening a mass school shooting at Wayne Community College and Goldsboro High School. Bethea said police officers were notified of the message by a concerned citizen.
“He was threatening a shooting at those two schools, that he had guns, that he had ammunition,” Bethea said. “We take it very seriously. We received the message, we checked it out and made the appropriate arrest.”
Bethea confirmed there was credibility to the threat made against WCC and GHS, but said no additional details regarding the case would be released at this time. The threat was not related to several mass bombing and shooting threats sent to five Wayne County public schools in November, he said.
N.C. General Statute 14-277.6 states any person who, “by any means of communication to any person or groups of persons, threatens to commit an act of mass violence on educational property” is guilty of a Class H felony. N.C. General Statute 14-277.5 defines an act of mass violence as any “physical injury that a reasonable person would conclude would lead to permanent injury” or “death to two or more people.”
According to a GPD incident investigation report, Craig was taken into custody after GPD officers secured a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with one felony count of communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property and was transported to the Wayne County jail under a $750,000 secured bond.