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District confirms second Macon Co. threat: 'Do you want to be a school shooter?'

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Deputies in Macon County have arrested a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old accused of making threats in separate incidents.


The release states that the 16-year-old student made verbal threats as he got off the school bus near his home Wednesday afternoon. The statements were “threatening the safety and well-being of fellow students,” the release states.

The bus driver immediately contacted the school officials, and the School Resource Officer and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation.

Deputies said they conducted interviews and reviewed the bus’ surveillance video before arrested and charging the student with communicating threats and making false report of mass violence to a school, a felony offense. The student is being held on a $10,000 bond and will also be subject to disciplinary action from the school upon release from jail.

Baldwin and Holland stated, “The threats made yesterday were extremely serious in nature and all of our staff took the appropriate steps immediately following the statements. Threats of any kind against students and/or faculty will not be tolerated. These types of threats will be investigated thoroughly and prosecuted if appropriate.”


The district said at the start of school on Thursday, a school resource officer was notified after a teacher heard a student ask a classmate, "Do you want to be a school shooter?"

The 14-year-old is also accused of asking, "Hey you wanna go shoot up a school?"

The teen was immediately detained and the school contacted the Macon County Sheriff's Office. A judge approved a petition charging the teen with false report of mass violence on educational property.

The student was transported to a state facility awaiting a court hearing.

“These two young students made very poor decisions and are facing serious consequences for their actions," Holland said. "This type of activity will not be tolerated in our schools. Both students involved in the incidences have not claimed bullying as the reason they made the threats and the two students during their interviews never mentioned being bullied in the past. During their interviews, both students stated that they were NOT serious in the threats made against students. Both students had a parent present in the room when interviewed by law enforcement.”

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