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Teen charged after deputies say he told classmates he was going to "shoot up" TC Roberson

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A 17-year-old Asheville teen is charged with making threatening statements, telling classmates he was going to "shoot up" TC Roberson High School.

Buncombe County deputies say he made the threat on Monday, November 6, 2017, telling them it was a joke.

"The thing is we have to take everything seriously," said BCS Assistant Superintendent Joseph Hough. "We have a process that we go through when we hear these comments and we do that out of an abundance of caution because we want to make sure everyone is safe," said Assistant Superintendent for BCS Joseph Hough.

Natalie Bailey with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office says a witness contacted the school resource officer which started the investigation.

She says the student was searched which didn't turn up any weapons and his parents were notified.

Bailey says the investigation also stretched to his home where investigators found secured, unloaded firearms.

Investigators haven't said who the guns belong to but they were moved to another family member's residence with the owner's permission.

Thursday, the student appeared in court, charged with making a false statement of violence at a school, a felony.

Parent Carlos Harper said he hadn't heard about the incident.

"I usually get alerts on my phone. I haven't gotten any alerts on my phone, nothing like that. It's the first time I'm hearing about it. Shocked about that," said Harper.

"As we work with Buncombe County law enforcement, we want to do that when it's warranted. In our discussion with this particular one, we plan to make a phone call this evening and we're working on that, so it's just where we are and when we feel it's best in the investigation," said Hough.

Hough said at no point were students in danger.

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