WBHS student charged in fight, online threat

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By Staff Report

A West Brunswick High School student is accused of punching a fellow student at the school Thursday, then making threats on social media.

Kavon Kenith Gause, 17, of Pelican Point in Bolivia, is charged with misdemeanor simple affray and communicating threats, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office warrants show.

Gause, a sophomore, fought with the other student identified as “J.B.,” striking him about the body, according to warrants dated Thursday.

Gause then posted a message to J.B. via Snapchat “displaying ‘(expletive) West’ with guns and coffins and the threat was made in a manner and under circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe that the threat was likely to be carried out and the person threatened believed that the threat would be carried out,” warrants read.

Gause was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released Friday on $41,000 bail, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

“The safety of students and staff are the top priority of school leaders and law enforcement officials,” Swencki said in a news release issued Friday. “While staff and school resource officers remain vigilant, the school day and events scheduled for homecoming this evening are continuing as scheduled.”