A Foley Middle School student was arrested Tuesday for threatening to "shoot up the school."
Police said the 14-year-old boy told someone he was "going to shoot up the school by the end of the year." That person told the school resource officer about the threat and Foley Police got involved. The student was immediately arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center. He's charged with making a terroristic threat.
Investigators said there is no evidence that showed the student was actually going to do anything. But they want the community to know that they are taking every threat like this seriously.
"A lot of what we're hearing is 'Oh it was a joke.' No, it's not a joke. If you do this we take it seriously and respond accordingly," said Deputy Chief of Police Thurston Bullock from the Foley Police Department. "We don't want to see kids mess up their lives because they are joking around. And it's not a joke when we have something as serious as Florida and things like this happening across the nation. It's a serious matter and we're going to treat it accordingly."
Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler said the school system sent out a statement notifying parents, saying there was never any imminent danger to students at Foley Middle School.
Baldwin County District Attorney Bob Wilters also commented on the seriousness of the crime on Tuesday.
"Somebody makes a comment that they're going to shoot up a school, yeah we're going to take that serious and we're gonna try to do everything we can within the law to a person that does that."
FOX10 News has heard a lot of comments and concerns from parents whose children go to Foley Middle School but none of them wanted to talk on camera. But they say they’re even more worried now to send their kids to school, especially after what happened in Parkland, Florida.
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