A North Carolina high school student was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a backpack police found that contained knives and a "hit list." The student has not been named.
According to ABC News, the arrest was sparked by a chatroom conversation. Canadian authorities contacted the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation Fusion Center after they were alerted to an internet chatroom. The North Carolina Bureau of Investigation said that Canadian authorities were interviewing a girl in a different investigation, which led them to the chatroom conversation. In that chat, according to the report, the arrested teen allegedly posted about stabbing people.
The bureau identified the student, it alerted staff at Forest Hills High School in Marshville, North Carolina as well as the police.
A School Resource Officer at the high school found several knives, a bottle of flammable liquid, fireworks, a dismantled shotgun shell and a "hit list" in the student’s backpack.
Police said the school is in the process of notifying everyone identified on the list. The suspect’s identity is being withheld because they are under the age of 16. They are facing criminal charges, according to police.
[Union County Sheriff's Office]