Georgia man threatened to ‘shoot up’ his child’s school, deputies say

Thomas Shannon Bruce

Thomas Shannon Bruce

A Hall County man allegedly threatened to “shoot up” an elementary school that his child attends during a domestic incident, authorities said.

Thomas Shannon Bruce, 35, called Wauka Mountain Elementary School on Wednesday to ask about checking his child out of class, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a news release. Bruce, who was in a custody dispute with the child's mother, was not authorized to sign the child out of school.

“Investigators believe Bruce then called his estranged wife and told her he was coming to shoot up the school,” Couch said. “The woman quickly notified school officials, who contacted law enforcement.”

Deputies stayed at the school during the lockdown.

After a warrant was obtained, deputies went to Bruce’s house in Clermont and arrested him without incident about 12:30 p.m.

He was booked into the Hall County Jail. No bond has been set. He has been charged with felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor disruption of a public school.

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The woman is charged with possession of marijuana and child cruelty.