A Warren County High School student was arrested Tuesday morning after the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received screenshots of a potential threat against Warren County High School.
Nick Moon, 18, of Front Royal, was arrested around 7:15 a.m. on a charge of communicating a threat to kill or do bodily harm on or near school property, according to a news release from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Moon is a senior at Warren County High School.
Lt. Jennifer Kirkland, of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, said that the agency received multiple complaints about a threat that someone was going to shoot up Warren County High School.
The threats initially appeared in a group chat, Kirkland said.
According to a criminal complaint in the case, Moon stated in the group chat that “Austin said he was shooting up the school tomorrow I’d watch out if I were y’all.”
After Moon allegedly wrote that statement, the complaint states, a juvenile asked him if he was serious.
“Nick replied yes,” the complaint states. “Due to the statements, [the juvenile] feared for his safety if he went to school.”
In the news release, the Sheriff’s Office stated that the agency determined “early in the investigation” that Moon made the rumor up.
Kirkland said that “it is my understanding that Mr. Moon admitted to fabricating the rumor.”
Kirkland stated that she did not believe officers conducted a search of Moon’s house.
“I think once he admitted to fabricating it, they didn’t pursue with any search warrants or anything like that,” Kirkland said.
According to the Sheriff’s Office’s news release, Moon is being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond. He was booked into the jail around 8 a.m. Tuesday.