An arrest has been made in the threats of mass violence that were made against Rugby Middle School in Henderson County, North Carolina. We have the latest on the threats that were made, how the suspect was caught, and where the suspect is now.
Cyber Threats against Rugby Middle School
In a world filled with school shootings that seem to become more dangerous as every year passes, if you have an early warning about a possible attack, it is best to act on it immediately. And that is exactly what officials at Rugby Middle School did.
Two mothers of students marched into Rugby Middle School at 3345 Haywood Road in Hendersonville to explain how their two children, and possibly others, were threatened online. School officials immediately turned over the information to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.
A Quick Investigation and Arrest
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office proceeded to quickly follow up with the information that they had and arrested 17-year-old Hunter Scott Aly.
Aly was charged with making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property, and two counts of communicating threats. He is currently being held on a $9,000 bond and will be making his first court appearance later today. In conjunction with the arrest, school officials announced that there would be a heavier than usual presence of law enforcement officials at Rugby Middle School.
The Threat of Violence Increasing
In the days following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, there has been a rise of threats of violence in schools all over the United States. CNN reported that between the Parkland shooting on February 14 and February 20, there were at least 20 different incidents of threats being made against students at different schools. Many of the threats were made with various social media platforms like Snapchat and Facebook.