Man arrested after threats to Atlanta elementary school, police say

Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy is shown in this photo from 2019. VANESSA McCRAY/AJC FILE PHOTO
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Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy is shown in this photo from 2019. VANESSA McCRAY/AJC FILE PHOTO

Credit: Vanessa McCray

Credit: Vanessa McCray

Atlanta Public Schools police arrested a 29-year-old parent this week for allegedly threatening staff at Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy.

Tyron Williams faces a felony count of making terroristic threats and a misdemeanor count of harassing communications, according to Fulton County Superior Court records. Those records show he was arrested Monday and list his address as Decatur.

The situation started last week when Williams allegedly became upset about phone calls he received from the elementary school related to his children’s absences, according to an APS police report provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On a conference call with an assistant principal and another school staffer, Williams allegedly said he would blow the school up and that he had “32 bullets waiting for Monday morning.”

In a news release, the district said: “Atlanta Public Schools is committed to providing its students and employees with safe and secure spaces to learn and work.”

APS said its police officers worked with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, which provided “extra security support during the search for and apprehension of Williams.”

A public defender listed in court records as representing Williams declined to comment. Thomas O’Connor, spokesman for Georgia Public Defender Council, also declined to comment in an email.

“Public defenders are tasked with ensuring that each client whose cause has been entrusted to them receives zealous, adequate, effective, timely, and ethical legal representation. The Atlanta Office’s obligations to its client preclude public/press statements at this time,” he wrote.

APS said Williams is being held in Fulton County Jail.

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