Student arrested after allegedly making threats against Decatur HighThe front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
Decatur Police say a 15-year-old student has been charged with making “terroristic threats” against Decatur High School.
The suspect’s identity is not being released due to the suspect’s age.
Decatur High Principal Arlethea Williams sent the following letter to parents:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
A Decatur High School student was arrested on campus today after disturbing comments and threats toward other DHS students were brought to our attention. 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.
Decatur Police shared the following statement with us, “On March 30, 2018, at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Decatur Police Department was notified of threats that were made against Decatur High School. The suspect, a 15-year-old Decatur High School student, has been charged with terroristic threats. The identity of the suspect is not being released due to the suspect’s age.”
Recent tragedies at schools have heightened everyone’s concern for the safety of students. I want to ensure you that we always take any type of threat seriously and have the full cooperation of the police department.
I encourage you 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.
Please make sure that your child is aware of these ramifications and that threats, regardless of the student’s intent, will not be tolerated.
I appreciate your continued support of a safe learning environment for our students.