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Dawson County High School student arrested for allegedly making terroristic threats
17-year-old allegedly made statements about shooting up school, sheriff says
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Hailey Michelle Lawson.

A Dawson County High School student was arrested on Thursday and charged with one felony count of terroristic threats after allegedly making a statement that threatened "the safety and security of our school students," according to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson. 

Johnson said that Hailey Michelle Lawson, 17, of Dawsonville, was arrested after a warrant charged her of threatening a crime of violence with the purpose of terrorizing students at DCHS. 

Johnson said the warrants allege that Lawson made a statement that she and her boyfriend were going to come to the school and shoot the school up. 

According to the sheriff, Lawson's boyfriend is not local but charges may be forthcoming. 

"I applaud the courageous student who brought this information forward," Johnson said. "We live in a day and time when this type of information cannot be ignored. I am very proud of this student's willingness to tell someone.

"I commend the actions of our patrol officers, our investigators and our school resource officers. Their quick and decisive responses collectively worked together to this address this threat to our students."

Johnson said the sheriff's office received information about the threat on Wednesday and initiated the investigation. 

Lawson is currently being held without bail and is awaiting appearance before a judge, Johnson said. 

Dawson County Schools Superintendent Damon Gibbs addressed the arrest in an email Thursday evening. 

"As always, the safety of our students is our top priority," Gibbs said. "I want to thank Sheriff Johnson and his staff for acting quickly and handling the situation professionally. The school system will deal with the student per the Code of Conduct to ensure the ongoing safety of our student body." 

Two similar arrests were made this week at West Forsyth High School in Forsyth County. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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