Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrested 18 year old Dylan W. George, of Mebane, early this afternoon for communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property. The arrest follows a text George, a senior at Cedar Ridge High School, allegedly sent earlier this morning to a classmate.
The classmate received a text this morning but did not recognize the sending number. The student’s parent immediately called 911. The message indicated the sender was going to shoot up the school today.
Using information developed during the investigation, authorities were able to develop George as the person they believed sent the message. Investigators brought George to the OCSO for questioning and he confessed to authoring the text. The charge is a class H felony.
Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said, “Threats to school safety are incredibly dangerous, disruptive, and anxiety producing. Investigators took the text message sent today very seriously. They were tenacious and swift as they worked to protect the teachers, staff, and students at Cedar Ridge. I am grateful the student and the student’s parent treated the matter with the appropriate level of alarm. Because of their concern for others, we were able to work with the school to bring this matter to resolution in very short period of time.”
Interim Superintendent Randy Bridges stated, “The safety of students and employees is our top priority. We respect and appreciate the working relationship we have with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and their willingness to respond quickly to any situation that involves the protection of our school community.”
The magistrate placed George under a $75,000 secured bond. George is expected to appear in court Monday, October 28 at 9 a.m.