CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A student at George Washington High School in Charleston was arrested Friday morning after making what police describe as a threatening video and posting it on SnapChat.
Corey Michael Duff, 18, was taken into custody before school began, Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper said.
“We have possession of that video,” Cooper said. “There was a firearm involved.”
According to the criminal complaint, Duff is shown in the Snapchat video seated in a vehicle pointing a pistol to the screen with the caption reading “plenty for errbody.”
Duff is charged with one felony count of Threats of Terrorist Acts. He was arraigned in Friday morning in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Assistant Prosecutor Maryclaire Akers told the judge Duff’s alleged threat has caused a mass panic with school staff, parents and students.
“That Snapchat was seen by everyone that he is friends with on Snapchat, all GW High School students, a lot of their parents saw it. It sparked a lot of fear in the community, so he should be made to post some sort of bond,” Akers said.
Duff’s bond was set at $50,000 cash only. He faces 1-3 years in prison.
The arrest comes a day after another scare at the school. Cooper said the Wednesday night/Thursday morning threat ended up being a rumor that had gotten out of hand. He said the Friday morning incident was different.
“Rumors, like yesterday, that was not a legitimate threat but 24-hours later here we are,” Cooper said.
There was an increased police presence at the school again Friday morning.
Duff’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m.