According to Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston, deputies received a tip late Tuesday night, Feb. 20, that an unknown person had made a threat to commit an act of violence at a local county school. An investigation was immediately undertaken and leads were followed which uncovered social media messages and screenshots of photographs depicting explicit threats to “shoot up” a local school.
Deputies located witnesses and other evidence which led them to the home of a 16-year-old Gordon Central High School student near Calhoun. The juvenile was taken into custody without incident and initially taken to the Sheriff’s Office. His parents have cooperated with investigating officers. The student made admissions to detectives that he had in fact made the threats. He was immediately remanded into the custody of the Regional Youth Detention Center by the local Juvenile Court. He is scheduled to appear in Gordon County Juvenile Court at a later date where he will face charges of making Terroristic Threats (felony).
”I want everyone to know how very seriously my staff and I take any such threats against a school, students, staff, or visitors," said Sheriff Ralston. I will not tolerate violence or threats against a school, student body, individual students, staff or others. We will aggressively investigate, arrest and prosecute anyone who chooses to make such a terrible and uninformed decision, and see to it that any such person is held accountable in our local court system.”