CHARLESTON -- A Charleston High School student was arrested Monday after police received information that he threatened other students.
An investigation found that the threat was "only verbal" and there was no evidence that "the student had any real thoughts" of harming anyone, according to a news release from Charleston police.
The male student was reported to have been arguing with three females through multiple contacts on Facebook messenger Sunday night, said Tony West, Charleston police detective. He further explained that the student was acquainted with one of the other students.
The male student became frustrated, West said, and allegedly made threats to "shoot" the three females -- and in one case her family -- and was willing to come to school if need be.
"We want people to understand this is unacceptable," West said. "You can't say (those threats) and expect it to be swept under the rug."
The news release said police and school officials confronted the student as he arrived at school Monday morning and no weapons were found in his possession. School officials became aware of the threats earlier that morning, according to the release.
School district Superintendent Todd Vilardo said CHS students notified the school's administrators about hearing the threats, leading to the investigation.
CHS administrators addressed the matter "swiftly" and followed proper procedures, Vilardo said, adding that "we had to take every situation seriously."
The release said the 17-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and was released to his mother's custody. The school district also suspended the student, it said.