Camden High student jailed for gun violence threat
By William F. West
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
CAMDEN — A Camden County High School student remains in jail after he was charged with threatening to shoot up his school during a class earlier this week, a Camden sheriff’s detective said.
Isaac Marc Chipman, 17, of the 200 block of Bingham Road, was arrested Monday and charged with misdemeanor communicating threats and disorderly conduct, Sheriff’s Lt. Max Robeson said Wednesday.
According to Robeson, Chipman made the threats Monday during a class discussion about last week’s school shooting at a Florida high school in which 17 students and staff were killed.
Robeson said Chipman told both his teacher and classmates during the discussion, “If I had a gun or could get my hands on some guns, I would do the same thing.” According to a Camden magistrate’s warrant, Chipman also told the class he thought the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was “cool.”
Chipman’s teacher reported the student’s statements to the high school’s principal, who then contacted the school’s resource officer. Chipman was then transported to the Camden Sheriff's Office where he was arrested.
Robeson said deputies found no evidence Chipman had any weapons or access to any weapons. However, school officials did find evidence Chipman had been taking photographs of the Camden High School campus when they searched his cellphone, he said.
Chipman was still being held at Albemarle District Jail on Wednesday in lieu of a $1,000 secured bond. He's due in Camden District Court on Feb. 23.
Chipman's arrest follows the arrest of a student at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City on Saturday who posted a threat against the school on social media. Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright has said the student, who is a juvenile, was taken into custody the next day.
Chipman's arrest also happened not long after a temporary lockdown on Monday of all school campuses in the Gates County Schools following a threat made against the schools on social media. No suspects have yet been identified in that threat. Gates school officials said they were not able to authenticate the social media account from where the threat was made.
Chipman's arrest also comes following the arrest of at least seven students in Virginia's Hampton Roads area following alleged threats made there against schools.
Asked if Camden sheriff's officials are concerned about so-called “copycats” trying to imitate the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Robeson said they are. He said he’s not sure what Chipman’s intentions were.
“I think he was just running his mouth, but you can't do that in today's time,” Robeson said. “We take our kids seriously, our kids’ safety seriously.”