Students make threats after recent school shooting | News
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, several schools around the Valley are now dealing with threats made by students this week.
The threats were serious enough for school officials and law enforcement to take action.
There was an incident at R.A. Hubbard High in Courtland, and three more cases are known in the Valley.
At the Pinnacle Schools in Huntsville, police arrested a student for making a threat in the presence of an officer. School officials declined to comment, but they said similar incidents happen regularly, and they have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior.
Parents at Ardmore High School have voiced concerns of a rumored hit list in the hands of a student. The district said there was no hit list; it was a bullying issue handled earlier this week. However, they placed an extra officer on campus Thursday as a precaution.
Back in Huntsville, police said they are investigating a threat made at another school, but will not say what school or the nature of the case. But they are not taking any threat lightly.
"This is a very serious situation. There have been a lot of lives lost. It's not a joking matter. It's not something we need to discuss unless we are discussing it with the seriousness it entails," said Captain Vince Dauro with HPD. "Make sure you don't joke about having a kind of weapon in school or anything that may cause an alarm."
Students who make a threat could end up in big trouble with both the school and the law.
Depending on the charges, they may face jail time and hefty fines.
With the tragedy happening just days ago, people are on alert right now.
At the same time, police said after every school shooting it is common for students around the country to respond with their own threats.
They may be just looking for attention, or acting as a copycat, but whether the threat is legitimate or not, police said it is no joking matter and will not be tolerated.
Police said students make threats all the time; right now, people are just more aware of them.
As for the spike in reported threats this week, school officials could be reacting more as a precaution, but law enforcement treats the issue with the same seriousness, no matter when it happens.
"It's probably the heightened awareness because people are listening more, and they may take something they wouldn't usually think serious, more seriously because of these events," Dauro said.
Often there are signs before a shooting happens, but they go unreported.
Police said always err on the side of caution and report anything you think could be of danger.
It is better to be safe than sorry.
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