In the Matter of D.W.L.B., ___ N.C. App. ___, 832 S.E.2d 565 (Sept. 17, 2019)

Circumstantial evidence indicated that a juvenile wrote “BOMB INCOMING” in a school bathroom. Officers obtained a juvenile petition charging the juvenile with making a false report of mass violence on educational property in violation of G.S. 14-277.5. The petition alleged in pertinent part that the juvenile did “make a report by writing a note on the boy’s bathroom wall . . . stating ‘bomb incoming’.” The court of appeals held the petition to the same standard as a criminal indictment and found it to be defective for failing to allege that the juvenile made “a report.” The petition literally asserted that the juvenile made a report, but the court found that the described conduct clearly failed to constitute a report within the meaning of the statute. The message was not directed at anyone in particular, and a person who saw it would not likely view it as a warning of an imminent event.