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14-year-old charged for school threats

A 14-year-old Newton County student has been charged with terroristic threat via computer and false public alarm in connection with social media threats made against Newton County schools on Aug. 5.

Two separate bomb threats made via Facebook was reported to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 and an investigation was initiated.

According to NCSO Capt. Keith Crum computer service documents were secured and interviews conducted. That information led to a Juvenile Court Complaint on the 14-year-old.

In an NCSO release, Sheriff Ezell Brown said this type of criminal activity will be taken seriously and disruption to the school system or threats to the safety of teachers and students will not be tolerated.

In addition to criminal charges presented to juvenile court, the student is also facing disciplinary action from the school system. The child has been removed from school setting, according to NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey.

The Facebook threats against the system were not connected to the threats made against Porterdale Elementary School and Cousins Middle School. Those threats are still being investigated.

“I want to thank Sheriff Ezell Brown and his staff for supporting us and taking these threats as seriously as we did," Fuhrey said. "Deputies and investigators responded immediately the night we reported these threats and they have been actively investigating ever since. The Sheriff’s office has kept us updated with their progress throughout the investigation and we are so thankful that they were able to quickly determine who posted the online threats.”