A North Carolina teenager upset about insults made about his mother allegedly took to social media to make violent threats against a group of third graders, leading to his arrest. Now, the 18-year-old claims he was just joking.
A tipster alerted police to a concerning Snapchat post made by Isaiah David Napier. The post allegedly contained an image of Napier appearing to hold a rifle, saying he was going to shoot the parents of students who insulted his mom. Although a specific school was not mentioned, deputies determined the threats were likely being levied against the Jones Dairy Elementary School, located close to Napier's home.
"These (expletive) third graders won't stop calling my mom gay so imma shoot theirs, that'll teach 'em," Napier said in the post, according to warrants.
Eric Curry of the Wake County Sheriff's Office explained the logic behind the arrest.
"Any threat against school property and children of this county will be taken seriously no matter what your age and no matter the intent," Curry told WSOCTV, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based news organization. "[The tipster] immediately took steps to call the authorities for us to step in to investigate. That's the kind of community support we need to have."
Deputies said the firearm Napier held was actually an airsoft gun, similar to a paintball gun. He also told investigators that he was just joking, according to WRAL.
Napier was charged with making a false report concerning mass violence on an educational property, according to ABC 11 of Raleigh, North Carolina.
This is not the first threat of violence received by Jones Dairy Elementary School: Arthur Vladimir Kochetkov, 33, was charged in the Summer of 2018 for making violent threats on Facebook against the children at the school, according to WRAL, another Raleigh, North Carolina-based news organization. The school has since implemented heightened security measures, including the employment of an armed off-duty police officer who patrols the grounds and the installation of a new visitor management system.
[Photo: Wake CCBI]
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