Student, 19, arrested after threat against Mattamuskeet school

By on February 22, 2018

By Connie Leinbach

A 19-year-old Matamuskeet Early College High School student is free after posting bond on one felony charge of making a false report of mass violence on educational property.

Malik Shaw of Engelhard was arrested Wednesday night and was released after posting $15,000 bail, according to Hyde County Clerk of Court Brandy Pugh.

Pugh said a District Court appearance in the Hyde County Government Center in Swan Quarter is set for Feb. 28.

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Dr. Randolph Latimore said on Thursday that Shaw will be restricted from campus until the matter is resolved.

“We took it seriously,” Latimore said. “We took it as a threat and acted immediately.” He was happy that the student who saw the threatening Snapchat notified school officials.

The charge against Shaw was brought after a joint investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Hyde sheriff following reports on Monday that a student had posted a threat on Snapchat against the school, according to a Hyde County Sheriff Department Facebook post.

“This student took a screen shot of the post and reported it to school staff, who then reported it to us,” a Hyde County Sheriff’s Department Facebook post says. “Upon arriving at the school, we met with school staff and the student who reported the post.

“The post was a picture of a white male with his face half covered, holding a firearm. Across the screen was written ‘Mattamuskeet Wed. 1:30,’ along with another school that is not in our county.”

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Latimore said Mattamuskeet parents were immediately notified and continued to be updated.

“We’re happy it turned out to be a false alarm, but anything that kids see that would cause them to be suspicious should be reported to school officials immediately,” Latimore said.

Deputies have been stationed at the school since Tuesday and will stay there for the next couple of days, he said.

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The sheriff’s office, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the N.C. Marine Patrol and N.C. State Highway Patrol have helped to secure the campus, Latimore said. Investigators from the State Bureau of Investigation also were at the school.

Attendance from pre-K to grade 13 was down both on Wednesday and Thursday, he said.

Every entry door on the entire campus is locked, and no one can get in without certain permissions, Sgt. Kevin Miller of the Hyde County Sheriff’s Department said.

Similar measures are in force at Ocracoke.

Principal Leslie Cole said last week that Ocracoke School doors are always locked and that the school conducts active shooter drills twice a year.

Latimore also said all schools have security cameras inside and outside the buildings.

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  • Right Hook

    If only the story of Parkland FL had been similar to Matamuskeet. The numerous red flags preceding the horrific tragedy in FL should have prevented it. Thank God for the immediate and effective response of all authorities involved in the Matamuskeet incident and the student who alerted them!

    Friday, Feb 23 @ 9:46 pm
  • Island Native

    You are so right, Right Hook. His last name doesn’t sound native, but who can tell anymore. When they start happening in Hyde and Dare you can bet they are everywhere. Something has gone horribly wrong in the last 2 or 3 generations. It’s not guns or mental health as they have always been around. Its what we asked for and its up to us to change it.

    Sunday, Feb 25 @ 10:03 pm
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