CHARLESTON, W.Va. --A Raleigh County man is facing a terrorism charge after allegedly invoking the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. when he threatened a Boone County high school.
David Henry Linville, 26, of Shady Spring, was arrested Wednesday morning at his home.
Deputies went searching for Linville after receiving information that he had made a threat against Sherman High School earlier this week, Boone Chief Deputy Chad Barker said.
Barker said Linville made a threat Monday evening via social media to an unnamed male student to "relive the Newtown shooting" and was specific about Sherman High School.
The student took the threat, which Barker said was "very specific and disturbing," to the school's administrators. They then contacted the school resource officer, a Boone sheriff's deputy.
"It scared the kid to death," Barker said. "Unfortunately in the society we live in today, you don't know if the guy is serious or not. There's no way we're going to stand idly by and not address it."
The threat was in reference to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a man shot and killed 20 first-graders and six adults before turning the gun on himself. The shooter had killed his mother at their home earlier that morning.
"Threats like this are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated," Boone Sheriff Randall White said in a press release. "Safety of our school children is our number-one priority, and we will not allow anyone to compromise that."
Investigators spent most of Tuesday trying to identify Linville. Barker said once Linville was identified, Raleigh deputies located him Wednesday morning at his home and brought him to the Raleigh Sheriff's Department. Boone deputies interviewed him there.