Was an 11-year-old serious about blowing up her school? Here’s what a court in NC said
A three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals this week overturned the felony juvenile delinquency conviction of an 11- year-old who threatened to blow up her school. - Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At a time when Charlotte-area families are calling on government officials to do more to make classrooms safe, North Carolina’s second-highest court has ruled that Iredell County went too far in punishing an 11-year-old who threatened to blow up her school. A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals this week overturned the felony juvenile delinquency conviction of the student — identified in the court document by the pseudonym “Sophie.” In a unanimous opinion written by Judge Chris Dillon, the panel ruled that Iredell County District Court Judge Carole Hicks lacked the...