A 14-year-old middle school student reportedly threatened to "shoot up" the school Friday morning.
The Cousins Middle School student made the threat to an employee of the school. When a school resource officer came in to speak to the juvenile male he allegedly blurted out that he had a knife in his locker.
When searched, officers found a knife with a 2 ¾ -inch cutting blade. The student was charged with terroristic threats and weapons in a school safety zone.
According to Sherri Davis-Viniard, Public Relations Director for the Newton County School System, school officials notified the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the superintendent's office and the student was taken into custody.
"The safety of our students is of utmost importance and we will not tolerate weapons on campus," she said in an email. "The minimum disposition for any middle school student found in possession of a weapon on campus is a 10 day suspension and referral to a formal hearing."