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Last updated on Friday, November 1, 2013
(BEDFORD) - A 14-year-old Bedford Middle School student was arrested Thursday after police were notified that he threatened to shot two fellow students.
According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley officers were notified about the threat Wednesday afternoon.
Parsley says no weapon was at the school.
The boy was taken to the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center on two charges of intimidation and a charge of juvenile delinquency. He was returned Thursday afternoon for a court appearance on another charge. The findings of that court appearance are not public information because of the child's age and he was not facing a felony charge.
The student's name will not be released on these new charges because he is 14-years-old and intimidation is a misdemeanor offense.
"We were advised Wednesday evening that the male student had made threats to two individuals on two different occasions that he was going to shot and kill them," Parsley says. "As soon as we were made aware of this we took action and spoke with all parties involved."
Parsley says officers were at the school Thursday in force to talk to those involved there and other officers went to the boy's home to detain him while officers investigated the allegation at the school.
"We determined the threats were made and he was involved," Parsley says. "He was then taken into custody."
Bedford North Lawrence Superintendent Gary Conner says the schools top priority is to maintain a safe school environment for all students
"We have a zero tolerance on these types of threats," Conner says. "Dennis Parsley became involved and personally saw that actions was swift and sought a resolution quickly. We are blessed to have a police chief and department who will partner with the schools to see that everyone stays safe. I can not say enough about their cooperation and commitment to keep our students safe."
Conner says the student is facing disciplinary actions.
"Things have occurred in this nation that are tragic and I want parents to know their children are safe here," Conner says. "We take this matter very seriously. We are dealing with this young man aggressively and appropriately. Threats of this magnitude are not dealt with lightly. We take a dim view on these types of comments. Threats like these can not be looked at as just a student blowing smoke. These are serious statements and when another student feel threatened or is being threatened in anyway we will deal with the situation aggressively."
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