Sampson County students were threatened with being absent from school, according to deputies

HOBBTON, NC (WNCN) — Sampson County investigators said two teenage girls made a threat to Hobbton High School because they “just didn’t want to go to school.”

Late Monday, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said an administrator at Hobbton High School learned about a threat posted on Instagram against the school and students around 1 p.m.

The administrator went to the school resource officer with the threat.

An investigation through a search warrant turned up an IP address linked to the threat, the sheriff’s office said.

Detectives went to the apartment associated with the IP address and identified two minors aged 12 and 13 behind the post.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said the two girls created a fake Instagram account to post the threat.

“Both youths indicated that there was no willful malice in their posts, but that they simply did not want to go to school,” the sheriff’s office said in a release.

Both young people were accused of having communicated a threat of mass violence against educational property.

The sheriff’s office contacted the Juvenile Justice Department and asked that the girls be held in a juvenile detention center.

“Unfortunately, our request was denied by state officials, forcing investigators under state law to return both youths to their guardians,” the sheriff’s office said.

The charges against the two were filed “regardless of the alleged intent of the youths,” the sheriff’s office said. Sampson County students were threatened with being absent from school, according to deputies

Dais Johnston

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