A 16-year-old McComb High School student was taken into custody Thursday by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office after threatening to shoot other students at school, according to the sheriff’s office.
Nobody was harmed and the school remained open, the sheriff’s office said.
“Other students overheard him saying he was going to shoot people,” said sheriff’s Lt. Cris Bell. The student did not have a weapon at school or access to weapons at home, Bell said.
The student was talking about wanting to shoot people in the future, Superintendent Tony Fenstermaker said. There was no evidence of an immediate threat, so as of about 4 p.m. Thursday, parents had not been made aware of the threat, he said.
Students brought the threat to the attention of Jeremy Herr, the principal for grades seven through 12.
Herr then informed Deputy Shane Leeth, a school resource officer assigned to multiple school districts including McComb. Leeth was already at McComb when Herr told him about the threat around 10 a.m.
The student was then “located rather quickly,” Leeth said.
The student was searched and questioned, Fenstermaker said.
“As always, the safety of our students and staff is paramount,” Fenstermaker said.
Any threat like this will be taken seriously, Lt. Bell said.
Charges are possible.
“Typically, when a threat like that is made, we send it to the prosecutor for review,” Bell said.
The investigation is ongoing, and has included talking to students and administrators, Leeth said.
“It’s unfortunate that we have a student that has that kind of emotion, and also that it could have caused a distraction to the learning environment,” Fenstermaker said.
- The Docket
- Member Service