Deputies: Former custodian threatened to shoot principal

POSTED: 12:33 PM Dec 10 2012   UPDATED: 6:42 PM Dec 11 2012

Deputies with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office have made an arrest in an incident involving DH Conley High School's principal.

According to Heather Mayo, the public information officer for Pitt County Schools, the administration at DH Conley High School turned over a threatening email early this morning.  The email came from a bogus account.

Deputies made the arrest Monday afternoon.  Jermaine Hardy of Winterville was charged with making a false report of mass violence on an educational property.  Heather Mayo confirmed he worked for Pitt County Schools as a custodian at DH Conley starting in 2008.  Mayo says his employment was terminated toward the end of the last school year.

The email states that the principal, Mary Carter,and the assistant principal were the target of the email.  A portion of the email says, "Your days as principal at DH Conley High School are over.  There will be a deadly shooting coming to this school either by the end of this week or the end of the school year."

Sheriff Neil Elks said they are still trying to determine a motive in this case; however, Elks said Hardy "was upset about his being terminated from the school."

After deputies saw the email and they were able to track down who sent it Elks said "we were concerned about his possibility of having a set of keys and coming in and doing a mass shooting."

Elks said once they had Hardy in custody he was apologetic for his actions.

"Detectives spoke with him and immediately he was saying he had no intention of following through with this. Just a scare technique.," Elks said.

Mayo said the school has increased security and parents were sent a voice message on Monday letting them know what was going on.

Hardy bonded out of jail Tuesday afternoon. His bond was reduced from $50,000 dollars to $10,000 dollars.