CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Charleston police said a George Washington High School student has been arrested and charged with one felony count of making threats of terrorist acts.
Corey Michael Duff, 18, was arrested Friday morning, Police Chief Steve Cooper said. The charge stems from a video police said Duff posted on Snapchat. In the video, the student points a gun, and a caption on the video reads, "Plenty for everybody."
The incident is unrelated to the first alleged threat that Kanawha County Schools advised parents about Wednesday in a robocall. Charleston police said Thursday that threat was unfounded, and no criminal charges would be filed. On Thursday night, however, Kanawha County Schools made a second robocall to parents, warning them about another threat against GW.
Cooper said Duff was under suspension for an unrelated matter. Duff was transported to the Charleston Police Department for processing and then was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only, and he was taken to South Central Regional Jail.
Outside Charleston police headquarters, Eyewitness News asked Duff whether he thought the video was a joke, and he responded, "Yeah." Asked if he wanted to shoot up the school, he responded, "No." When asked whether he was sorry for posting the video, he responded, "I guess."
A criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court said on Thursday Metro 911 received an anonymous call about a GW student holding a gun on Snapchat. The complaint said the video shows Duff holding what appears to be a a semiautomatic pistol with an extended clip. It also shows that Duff is seated in a vehicle as he is displaying the pistol by holding it upside down to show watchers the extended magazine. The video also bears the threatening caption.
"Being a George Washington High School student, Duff started a mass panic with school staff, parents and students by posting this on social media for everyone to view," the complaint said.
Meanwhile, officers maintained a presence at GW Friday morning as a precautionary measure. A robocall from Kanawha County Schools Friday morning said that every precaution was being taken.
The majority of George Washington High School students stayed home Friday in the wake of the gun scare. Briana Warner, communications director for Kanawha County Schools, said 828 students were absent out of a student body of 1,130 students.