BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Randy Christian with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office released the following information Thursday afternoon.
Through investigation Sheriff’s detectives have determined the person responsible for the false threat was a 12 year old 7th grade student at Bottenfield Middle School. The student admitted to the post and claimed he was just joking around. He has been released to the custody of his mother and the school will be taking administrative action on the student. Sheriff’s detectives will screen a Making a Terrorist Threat charge on the juvenile through family court. There are no guns in the household and the suspect does not have access to any. Though the incident called for security measures and a thorough investigation there was no credible threat and no one is or was in any danger.
ORIGINAL: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a threatening social media post discovered Wednesday night. The post had been made to look like a teacher had made it. Investigators learned that the post was created by a fake profile, which was apparently created to embarrass or discredit the teacher.
Two separate students noticed the post, and alerted their parents. The parents then notified law enforcement. Deputies began questioning students believed to be associated with the post. Detectives are working with the social media company to determine who created the profile and the post.
While the post wording involved a shooting threat, any actual or credible threat has been since been ruled out. Extra Sheriffs personnel are on Bottenfield Middle’s campus Thursday as an additional safety measure.
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