Deputies: Bear Grass student brings crossbow to school, threatens classmates

BEAR GRASS - A student at Bear Grass Charter School is charged with bringing a weapon to school, following an incident where authorities discovered a crossbow in the trunk of his car.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened Thursday morning around 8:25 a.m. Deputies said a teacher notified the school's principal that 16-year-old Curtis Handy of Williamston threatened to shoot his entire first period class.

According to students interviewed Friday, Handy said, "I'm coming in tomorrow morning and I'm going to shoot everyone in this class."

A lieutenant with the Martin County Sheriff's Office said the principal then took Handy to her office, where he admitted having a cross bow in his car.

In a phone interview Friday, Bear Grass Principal Donna Moore said the school was prepared to handle the incident.

"We have training in place to handle minor to major situations like this one," Moore said. "The teacher who discovered the student's intention did exactly what was required. We called the Sheriff's office immediately."

Authorities said the teen has been charged with possession of a weapon on school property and communicating threats.

School staff could not disclose if the teen has had any disciplinary issues in the past.

Bear Grass reopened less than three weeks ago as a charter school, after the Martin County Board of Education voted in 2008 to close the facility.

There are 262 students enrolled at the charter school, located south of Williamston.

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