Parents alarmed after teen makes online shooting threat towards Opelika High

(Source: WTVM)
(Source: WTVM)

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – Opelika police are investigating possible threats at Opelika High School.

On Wednesday evening police received information that a threat had been made online by a juvenile who was chatting while playing a video game with a Kentucky resident.

The Kentucky resident's father notified the FBI, then notifying local authorities about the threat.

The threat made was to "shoot up OHS".  The Opelika Police Department and Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were able to locate the suspect's residence.

OPD Detectives along with FBI Agents went to the address and located the 16-year-old suspect.  The juvenile suspect was arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat.

The investigation did not locate any credible plan of action on the suspect's part and there appears to be no present danger to students of the Opelika City Schools.

The Opelika City School Systems Administration was informed of the information and is working very closely with the Police Department to ensure the safety and well-being of every child.

"To get that call this morning, it scared me and shocked me...you automatically go into prayer mode," Opelika High parent Tameka Lockhart said.

Administrators say they have three officers rotating through schools and a plan of action in place that is practiced by students, faculty, and staff in case the unthinkable were to happen on school grounds.

"Most parents have probably done this already but they really need to sit down with their children and explain how serious this is," Superintendent Mark Neighbors said.

The 16-year-old was taken to the Lee County Youth Development Center pending a hearing in Juvenile Court. Administrators say they will also hold a hearing for the student once the criminal investigation is complete.

"We appreciate the great response from the Opelika Police Department and school board administration to inform us," Opelika High Principal Farrell Seymore said.

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