A 13-year-old Dawson County Junior High School student was arrested today after another student reported they had posted statements on social media threatening to shoot students and staff.
The student was charged with one count of terroristic threats, according to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson. No specific students were named in the threats.
Johnson said the investigation is ongoing, but at this point it does not appear any other students were involved in the incident.
The student is currently being held in a youth detention center.
"It is important to note that these threats are real and credible," Johnson said in an email. "Although no one can say with all certainty that the acts would have been perpetrated, they are legitimate and deserving of a law enforcement response. I am proud of our students and our school officials for being proactive and reporting information which in years past, may have went unreported."
Dawson County Schools Superintendent Damon Gibbs issued a statement about the arrest.
"The Dawson County School System takes all threats seriously and, as always, the safety of our students is our top priority," he wrote. "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."