New details have emerged after a teen allegedly threatened to blow up Swain County High School in the name of ISIS.
Investigators searched the teen’s home after several students told officials that they overheard him make threatening comments on Dec. 16.
The student reportedly told another student “I am from Syria, I am from ISIS,” and other students claimed hearing him make similar comments, as well as say that ISIS would like for him to blow up the school and called Hitler his role model, according to a search warrant.
After the student took an exam and left the school, several students reported his statements to school officials.
The school was searched and video surveillance reviewed for any suspicious devices or packages, but nothing was found, the search warrant states.
Swain County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the N.C. Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the investigation.
At about 4:40 p.m. Dec. 16, investigators went to the teen’s home where they reviewed his computer activities and found several searches on the internet for ISIS related news articles, as well as how to make homemade explosives, according to the warrant.
The teen stated to investigators that he has watched almost every ISIS propaganda video and “was impressed by their editing and software,” the report states.
The teen denied ever reaching out to the terrorist organization.
Investigators seized the computer and five spiral notebooks containing writings.