UPDATE: 2 students to be charged as adults after school threats, sheriff’s office says

UPDATE: 2 students to be charged as adults after school threats, sheriff’s office says

  • Story Highlights
  • Authorities said they found evidence inside a home linking the students to the threats.
  • No threat remains at Etowah High School.
  • There is no need for added security, the principal said.

Two students are in police custody after threats were made Monday against a high school in Cherokee County, a sheriff’s official said.

The students at Etowah High School face felony charges and will be charged as adults, according to Channel 2 Action News.

In a letter emailed to parents on Tuesday, principal Robert Horn said Etowah is no longer in danger, the accused students face disciplinary action and there is no need for additional security.

“At this time there are no other suspects and no active threat to Etowah High School,” Horn said.

Authorities are in the process of interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence, Cherokee sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Marianne Kelley said in a news release. 

The students were taken into custody after a community member notified police of the potential threats. That tip led officials to a home where one of the accused students lives, according to Channel 2. Inside the home, they found evidence linking the students to the threats, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office and the school district have not identified the students or described the scope of the threats. 

Etowah High senior Ansleigh Williams told Channel 2 she the lack of information is concerning.

“We have no idea what's going on or who (the students) are,” Williams said.

Long Pham, who has two children at the school, told Channel 2 he will take his kids out of school.

“I don't want my kids to go to school if some kids are threatening to blow up the school,” Pham said.

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