Charter school student counseled after shooting remark


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Saturday, November 10, 2018

A student at the Northeast Academy of Aerospace and Advanced Technologies is receiving counseling after talking in class about shooting up a school.

Elizabeth City State University campus police are monitoring the situation but there is no active police investigation because no actual threat was made, ECSU police Chief John Manley said Friday.

The student’s name has not been released because of the student’s age and because the incident is being treated as an internal disciplinary matter at the school.

NEAAAT Executive Director Andrew Harris could not be immediately reached on Friday for comment on the incident.

Because the charter school is housed on the ECSU campus, information about the incident was provided to campus police.

Manley said police learned that on Oct. 19 a teacher at NEAAAT was conducting a class discussion on the question: “What would you do to get arrested?”

According to Manley, one student said in response that if the student were arrested it would be for a mass shooting at a school. The student did not specify a school.

“There was not a direct threat made,” Manley said. “The comment was made in the context of a class discussion.”

Manley said ECSU police learned about the comment from an internal email. Also, at least one parent of a NEAAAT student talked to campus police about the incident.

“It was not considered a threat but a matter of concern that needed to be followed up,” Manley said. “There is no police investigation into it.”

Counseling is being provided to the student both through NEAAAT and ECSU Counseling Services, Manley said.

ECSU police also continue to monitor the situation, he said.

“We don’t believe we need to be in his face at this point in time,” Manley said, referring to the student.