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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An Ashley High School student has been charged with starting rumors about planned violence at the school.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says Dylan Greg Merten, 17, is charged with disorderly conduct by disrupting students after admitting to starting the rumor. Investigators arrested Merten this morning.

According to an arrest warrant, investigators say Merten created the rumor that someone would enter Ashley High School Friday and “shoot up the school.” Investigators say the statement caused students to fear for their safety and plan not to attend classes tomorrow.

New Hanover County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Holliday said in an e-mail to reporters that Ashley administration began hearing rumors on Monday about violence that was to occur Friday at the school.

“They began investigating immediately,” Holliday wrote. “The Sheriff’s Department was also involved. Yesterday, the source of the rumors was identified as a current Ashley student who apparently started the rumors as a hoax.”

Holliday did not identify Merten in his e-mail, but he said Ashley administration has applied “appropriate disciplinary measures.”

“The New Hanover County Schools takes all threats against students and staff very seriously,” Holliday said in his e-mail. “We will not tolerate any attempt to disrupt the learning environment of any of our schools. We would ask that community members contact the New Hanover County Schools to verify accurate information before responding to rumors.”

Mertens was released from the New Hanover County Jail under $1,000 unsecured bond. He is due in court February 6.

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84 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Ashley student arrested for violence hoax"

2015 years 9 months ago

It does not matter if he is a good person or not. It was threat to the school it had over half of the students saying ” where is he gonna start shooting at in the lunch room where a quarter of the stundents will be” a friend of mine said. He may be a good student and son but the fact is there has been numerous shootings in the last few years including all of the people wounded and killed at sandy hook elementry school the students,staff and teachers. The wound was still open and still is that no good person 29 people lives and not saying the people who were not hurt they will emotional scared forever they are scared to go to sleep at night because of him, i don’t say this a lot but iam glad he is dead. I am sorry for his family although he took his mothers life also. I think and this is my opioion i think he should be made to go to juvinal hall and made to classes for this rage he has aginst society whether it was because the world was gonna end that is a bs excuse and sould not be aloud to set foot on any school grounds ever again whether he has children in the future or not. I know this may sound harsh but it is what i feel and no one on this site will tellme otherwise the way i see it is he has had this in the back of his mind the whole time and just waiting for the perfect time to release it and see it spread like wildfire yes and no one can change my mind although i did not go to school on friday it was senior skip day for the seniors who had senior project and that was my excuse for not going to school friday for winter break.

2015 years 9 months ago

You should all know that Dylan was claimed innocent, all charges were dropped, and he graduated this year. He never did anything wrong. He’s going to our local college to begin his career in acting. Have a nice day.

2015 years 9 months ago

Send him to the nut house, where he belongs! If he had any sense he would never have started such a rumor! He has made himself a threat to society and should be treated as such! Send the idiot off and never let him at!!

No Joke
2015 years 9 months ago

This is nothing to joke about, Only he knows if its really a joke.
He needs to be evaluated for a year or two in a mental ward

Marly Flick
2015 years 9 months ago

Im a current middle school student at Murray Middle, and alot of us ARENT GOING TO SCHOOL TOMORROW! We know he has friends and that it might not be a hoax. Its not cool to scare kids like that!


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