Decatur student arrested in alleged threats against school

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Decatur police on Friday arrested a student for allegedly threatening a school.

The Decatur High School student is a 15-year-old whose identity isn’t being released due to the suspect’s age, police said. The student, whose sex also wasn’t released, was arrested on campus and charged with making terroristic threats.

Principal Arlethea Williams said in a statement to parents the student had made troubling statements Friday.

“A Decatur High School student was arrested on campus today after disturbing comments and threats toward other DHS students were brought to our attention,” she wrote. “The school staff and the Decatur Police Department acted immediately when notified of the threat and appropriate disciplinary action is taking place. At no time did we believe any students or staff were in danger, nor do we believe so now.”

Officials gave no other information, including the nature of the alleged threats.

The news comes a month and a half after a former student killed 17 students and faculty at a high school in Parkland, Florida, prompting renewed debate nationwide about gun control.

“I encourage you,” the principal said, “to continue talking with your children about the seriousness of threats and the importance of reporting suspicious activities, threats, or disturbing information to a trusted adult. Students also need to be aware that law enforcement agencies are taking these threats very seriously and are pursuing prosecution, even if such incidents are intended as pranks.”

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