Students charged after Ponce de Leon High School threat found not credible
A comment made by a student to another student snowballed and caused an alleged threat, according to Holmes County Sheriff's Officials.
Deputies say a student at Ponce de Leon High School said to another student that someone looked like someone who would be a school shooter. Sheriff John Tate says that statement circulated around school and changed. A student reported a possible threat to a school official Friday morning.
Deputies say morning school bus routes had already begun when the information came in. The school district and sheriff's office worked quickly to tell parents about the situation. Extra deputies were posted on the school campus out of an abundance of caution.
Investigators say the students found to be at the center of the threat's origin were charged with disruption of school function.
“In this case, there was not an actual danger at the school; however, we always take these reports seriously,” Sheriff Tate said. “I urge parents to speak with their children about making comments about others or joking about things like shootings or bomb threats. These topics are not a joking matter and can actually lead to felony charges.”
Sheriff Tate said more than half the school's students missed out on vital instructional time as a result of a comment one student likely thought was "just a joke."