Many parents chose not to send their children to Rehobeth Middle School Monday due to a threat made to the school on social media.
The shooting threats were made on Instagram Sunday night around 8 pm causing security at the school to be heightened on Monday.
Due to the explicit nature of the post, we can’t show it to you on air or online, but Rehobeth Middle School principal Mark Fairris told WDHN News that despite student attendance being very low Monday, he wants to ensure parents that a plan of action was immediately put in place.
The 14-year-old suspect, whose identity is being withheld due to his age, is a former student of Rehobeth Middle School.
The suspect was taken into custody around 1 am early Monday morning.
Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza said, “We just want to ensure the parents that we don’t wait until the next day to get on it. We get on it immediately and we’ll stay on it all night if we have to and if we don’t resolve it, we will have plenty of security. We’re going to do whatever we can to keep the kids safe.”
The 14-year-old suspect has been charged with making terrorist threats.
Houston County Schools superintendent David Sewell stated, “We take every threat seriously. Luckily, the sheriff’s department was on board with us and they take it seriously also. Our staff, the school staff and the sheriff’s office started early yesterday and worked until late last night to bring this to a resolution.”
This is the second social media threat made to Rehobeth City Schools this year.
Sheriff Valenza wants to thank the public for their assistance in helping to identify the suspect so quickly in this case.