Boston Student Charged With Making Threats, Carrying Guns At A N.C. University

A Boston teenager is charged with carrying guns and making threats at a North Carolina university.

Paul Steber, 19, is accused of bringing two guns to High Point University, where he's registered as a freshman.

Students on Tuesday told school staff that another student on campus had two guns, according to a letter from High Point University. Security called police, who say they confiscated two guns and ammunition from Steber's dorm room.

"Due to the diligence of the students who reported this and the swift response of HPU security, the firearms were confiscated and the matter was turned over to the High Point Police Department," the statement said. "The owner of the firearms has been removed from campus."

Steber had been watching videos to learn how to carry out a mass shooting, Assistant District Attorney Lori Wickline said in court.

"He told officers that he definitely had a plan, something that he had been thinking about since Christmas of last year," she said.

She later added: "And he had been recently watching videos of the Charleston mass shooting down in South Carolina and other mass shootings so that he could learn what to do and what not to do."

He had bought the guns within the past week and planned to shoot himself and his roommate if Steber didn't get into a fraternity and the roommate did, Wickline said. She said it wasn't clear if he bought the guns legally.

She said Steber didn't appear to have any criminal history.

The court set his bond on the firearms charges at $2 million.

His father, who came down from Massachusetts, sat in court for the brief hearing where Steber appeared via video link.

"This is any parent's worst nightmare," defense attorney John Bryson said in court. "He's obviously very concerned about his son."

Bryson declined further comment in an email after the hearing.

Steber was arrested and charged with communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property and two counts of carrying weapons on a campus or other educational property, according to High Point Police. The court set his bond on the firearms charges at $2 million.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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