By Gary Lloyd
CLAY — A Clay-Chalkville High School student has been arrested after authorities learned he was overheard threatening to “shoot up” the high school, according to authorities.
Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies received information before midnight Monday from the school’s assistant principal that a threat that had been made to shoot up the school, said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian.
Last week, a 16-year-old male student had been overheard telling other students not to come to school next week because he was going to “shoot up” the school, Christian said. He told them that he planned to do this Tuesday. On Monday night, one of the students came forward about the threat because the student was afraid to go to school. That student’s mother contacted the assistant principal, Christian said.
Deputies went the home of the suspect and spoke to his father, who agreed to come to the sheriff’s office to be questioned about the threat. The teen was searched for weapons and none were found.
He was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Christian said. The teen was questioned by detectives and admitted to making the threat, saying he was only kidding. He also said he thought it would be a funny thing to say, Christian said.
He was charged with making a terrorist threat, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the custody of the Jefferson County Youth Detention Facility.
The investigation indicated that the teen did not have access to any firearms.
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