DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A student was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats after Dothan Police said the student made a threat that he would bring a gun to school. This threat along with others made in recent weeks has caused concern among Dothan Preparatory Academy parents.
“Mommy, Mommy look,” Concerned Mother Tahopsha Bennett said. “She goes I am scared to go to school. “
According to Dothan City Schools, Code of Conduct for Students, the student committed a class three offense of a schoolwide threat.
Dothan City Schools define a school-wide threat as, “a threat, that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety and may result in disruption of the learning environment.”
The disciplinary action for this offense, according to the school’s code, is for the student to be immediately recommended to the DCS Student Disciplinary Tribunal for expulsion.
“We just started tracking down the source of the threat as far as the social media site itself,” Dothan Police Lieutenant Ronald Hall said. “Determined who it belonged to and went from there.”
According to social media, the threat was made through Snapchat, where the student at large threatened to bring a gun to school. This alerted Dothan City Schools and Dothan Police of the threat, where the student was later arrested.
The posts have since been taken down.
Two Dothan Prep students were arrested early last month for making terrorist threats at the school. Dothan Police say at that time, a bomb threat was called in, and students were forced to evacuate the school.
Dothan Police then swept the school, where no bomb was found.
“These kids are being bullied,” Bennett said. “These kids. My daughter dreads going to school, we have to pray every morning at the bus stop that she has a good day.”
Dothan City Schools said in a statement on Facebook,
“We will not tolerate threats of any nature, especially when they continually disrupt the school day and result in countless hours of work to their validity and secure the safety of students and staff.”Dothan City Schools
“Well these juveniles look at it as an idle threat and they think it is a joke to them, whereas it’s not,” Lt. Hal said. “These threats are taken seriously.”
Due to the age of the student, no more information about the minor involved.