WPHS student accused of social media threats against the school

DTL Staff Report
Staff Writer

A West Point High School student has been charged after being accused of making an online threat against the school.

The West Point Police Department said in a press release that it responded to a call from the FBI Field Office in Columbus on Thursday, after investigators received a tip involving an online threat of a school shooting to be carried out at West Point High School on Friday, Feb. 23.

Shortly after receiving the first tip from the FBI, West Point Police Chief Avery Cook was contacted by the FBI special agent in Oxford, who said a threat had been made and investigators had the name of the individual suspected of making it.

Cook and Assistant Chief Kennedy Meaders obtained the suspect's identity and then met with WPHS officials, including School Resource Officer Tara Sloan, to relay the information provided by the FBI.

Educations and community sources say the 17-year-old male suspect is a junior at West Point High School.

The student was taken out of class, brought to Principal Alvin Taylor's office and then transported to the West Point Police Department.

Taylor contacted the father of the suspect, who then came to the police department.

Superintendent Burnell McDonald, Taylor, the suspect's father and Meaders spoke with the suspect and informed the juvenile that all threats of this nature would be taken seriously.

Meaders said investigators determined that the suspect made the post as a joke on the school fundraising website Funrun.com.

Investigators contacted District Attorney Scott Colom’s office to provide information on the incident.

The suspect has been charged with threats against property and his case will be turned over to youth court.

Investigators believe this to be an isolated incident.

Meaders said police do not believe there are any other threats to the school or to the community.

This is a developing story. Follow the Daily Times Leader for updates.