PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — A teenager is behind bars after making threats on Facebook that we was going to shoot up his high school.
Dustin England, 17, has been charged with making terroristic threats after Paulding County authorities said he was posting comments about shooting students at Hiram High School.
Cpl. Ashley Henson of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office told CBS Atlanta that England was caught by a Hiram student Tuesday night making the threats on Facebook. The student then immediately informed her mother who called police.
Authorities say England told them that he made the comments.
“We got the Facebook post before it was deleted,” Henson said.
England could face up to more than a year in jail on the felony charge.
“Whether it’s a joke or not, we take these threats very seriously,” Henson said. “We will investigate them and prosecute you.”
England is currently being held without bond at the Paulding County Detention Center.