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Canadian police tip off cops to Stall student's gun threat on Twitter

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A student at R.B. Stall High School was arrested Wednesday after Canadian Mounties tipped off North Charleston police to a gun threat made on social media.

A North Charleston Police Department incident report states the Royal Mounted Canadian Police Liaison in Washington, DC contacted Charleston County Dispatch around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday and said they’d intercepted social media threats. The threats were posted on Twitter, according to the Charleston County School District.

The Mounties said they received a number of messages stating 17-year-old Shermaine Whitley was planning on bringing a gun to the school to harm another student or students. Police placed the school under “code red administrative lockdown,” found Whitley in a classroom, and arrested him.

Police said Whitley admitted to having an argument with another student, but said the messages were just threats. Whitley told investigators he did not bring a gun to school and has never even owned one.

Officers said they found a bag of marijuana in his front pocket.

Whitley was charged with simple possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. He is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

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