LAWRENCEVILLE (WAOK) – Three teenage students have recently been suspended from Mountain View High School after posting threatening comments on Facebook to commit a mass murder.
One student posted plans about the attack, while two others commented on it. One of the student’s plans was to “strap multiple people with bombs and detonate each bomb from a detonator.”
Mountain View principal Keith Chaney sent a letter to parents Tuesday about the threat. In the letter, Chaney did not say who the students are, the nature of the threat, or what disciplinary action will be taken.
He says several parents and students tipped him off about the threatening comment, but police say it was just an empty threat.
“As school leaders and police investigated these reports,” Chaney wrote, “it was determined that the students involved did not plan on acting out what they had discussed.”
Authorities also found an unassembled air-soft gun in the possession of one of the students. Although the student claims that the gun was for a school project, he is currently facing criminal charges.
“The student indicated that the gun was not related to the chatter on the social media site – that it was going to be a prop for a school project,” said Gwinnett County Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana. “At the same time, that is something that obviously is not allowed on school campus, no matter the reason. Weapons are not allowed, or anything that can be used as a weapon is not allowed on school campus.”
School leaders were not available for comment Tuesday night.
Submitted by: Brent Yancy, Student Writer