Cedar Ridge High School senior Dylan George was recently arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property.
George sent a text message to a classmate saying there was going to be a school shooting at Cedar Ridge, according to a press release by the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The classmate’s parents immediately called 911.
“I am grateful the student and the student’s parent treated the matter with the appropriate level of alarm,” Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in the release. “Because of their concern for others, we were able to work with the school to bring this matter to resolution in very short period of time.”
George was charged with a Class H felony and placed under a secured bond of $75,000. Anna Orr, assistant district attorney for Orange and Chatham counties, said in George’s court appearance on Oct. 28 that his bond was reduced to $19,500 due to Orange County bond guidelines.
This is not the first school safety threat Cedar Ridge has dealt with. In May 2019, the school was targeted with complaints from parents when previous principal Intisar Hamidullah and the school’s resource officers failed to report several school shooting threats.