Pisgah student arrested for making a terrorist threat

A Pisgah High School student was arrested on Wednesday for making a terrorist threat while at school.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2018 9:27 AM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2018 5:01 PM

According to Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, a Pisgah High School student was arrested on Wednesday for making a terrorist threat while at school.

Harnen said 18 year-old Joseph Berg, a senior at Pisgah, was arrested after students heard him say he wanted to shoot people at the school and wanted them to die. The school resource officer was notified and contacted an investigator.

Harnen said they have a zero tolerance policy, so Berg was arrested and charged. The school system currently has four SRO's that rotate between the schools and two of them were just hired in October.

Jackson County Schools Superintendent, Kevin Dukes, said the district has had about five threats since the Parkland school shooting and that they are taking Berg's threat seriously.

"You should come to school and feel safe. You shouldn't come to school worrying if the person sitting next to you is a danger."

A Pisgah mom, Amanda Boyce, said she home schools her 10-year-old son, in part, because she's worried about his safety at public school.

"When you're sending your husband off to work you know that he can defend himself, but when you send your 10-year-old off on a yellow bus, you don't know what's going to happen," Boyce said. "You expect them to go and learn in a happy and safe environment, but then you have to worry about whether there are police cars there and their security."

The district added two new school resource officers in October, and Dukes said the officer there moved quickly to arrest Berg. He said no weapons were found in Berg's locker or on him, but he doesn't want Berg back in class. 

Dukes said the district is looking to add more school resource officers, but the issue right now is money.

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