Deputies: High school student arrested for threats of mass violence in Salisbury

Philip Paul Nicholson, 18, of Salisbury

A man is in custody after deputies say he was responsible for threats of mass violence at a Salisbury school.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says on Tuesday, they received information that 18-year-old Philip Paul Nicholson, a James M. Bennett High School Student, had posted information on social media threatening mass violence at the school. Authorities say deputies assigned to the School Resource Division and the Wicomico County Public Schools began an investigation and determined that the Salisbury man created the posts on social media. 

Deputies report that multiple victims were in contact with the Salisbury Police Department and made a report regarding the threats of mass violence at James M. Bennett High School, on College Avenue.

According to the report, after consulting with the Wicomico County State's Attorney Office, a search and arrest warrant was obtained for the suspect's Adams Avenue residence. Law enforcement says Nicholson was arrested without incident at the time of the execution of the warrants.

He was charged with threats of mass violence and disruption of school environment. School officials say Nicholson, a senior, is no longer attending the high school.

The 18-year-old is being held pending a bond review on Wednesday with the District Court Commissioner.

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