EXCLUSIVE: Relatives of Shaw High student threatened on social media speak out

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Shaw High School student arrested for making a social media threat toward another student appeared in court on Wednesday.

The student was arrested on Feb. 27 and charged with criminal solicitation.

That accused student appeared before a judge Wednesday morning, and the victim's relatives, who asked to remain anonymous, also attended court and recalled the situation.

"You always think it happens to someone else but not to you," said one relative.

"We have another one at the same school and we kept her at home not knowing what was going on," another relative stated. "Not knowing that the threat was to one of our own," explained another person familiar with the incident."

The individuals interviewed say they're concerned with the alleged history of the Shaw High school student who made the threats.
"My other concern was this is not the first time this kid has had an incident in school, he was suspended last year bringing a weapon on campus," says on relative.

Those interviewed say the Shaw High student posted the online threats due to a dispute over the student who was threatened's current relationship status. As the investigation continues, the individual's say its incidents such as these which parents, school employees and students have to pay close attention to and report any suspicions to authorities no matter how small.

"The main thing I would encourage parents to do is stay on top of their children… get their phones, their social media accounts, everything. There's no such thing as being too careful."

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