Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office talks on middle school threats

Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 10:29 AM EDT
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RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - The Russell County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference at 10:30 a.m. in reference to a case at the Russell County Middle School. Two middle school students have been arrested on terroristic threats after two separate incidents at the school.

On Sept. 15, Russell Co. Middle School reported to officials that there were messages on the wall of several locations in the middle school that the school would be shot up on September 16.

Russell Co. investigators began looking into the case and developed a suspect.

On Sept. 19, another message was found on the middle school walls that the school was going to be shot up on Sept. 20.

Within a week, Russell County Sheriff’s Office investigated two incidents where students wrote on the walls saying they were going to shoot up the school, according to Sheriff Heath Taylor.

Sheriff Taylor says after spending more than 80 hours interviewing students and watching surveillance videos, investigators were able to find the two students responsible.

Both a boy and a girl suspect - who are both between ages 12 and 13 - were developed and charged with terroristic threats. However, due to being minors, their names will not be released.

Sheriff Taylor says we now live in world where you can’t make those allegations or threats without consequences. He says that the cases need to be taken seriously.

Taylor says both students were sent to the Lee County Youth Development Center and charged with making terroristic threats. The students will face a judge in October.