Student charged for threat at LCMS

Published 2:40 pm Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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Lincoln Co. Schools

Press Release

STANFORD — A Lincoln County Middle School student was arrested at school Thursday afternoon and removed from school grounds. The student has been charged with second degree terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct.

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School Resource Officer (SRO) Preston Middleton was called to the school in reference to a situation involving a student and an item belonging to the student, which was black paper folded in the shape of a handgun.  There were no weapons or firearms present at any time.  The school was not in immediate danger.

“At first glance, the paper gun could easily be mistaken for a real firearm,” SRO Middleton said. “The paper gun also had writing on it that was concerning and alarming.  The writing was enough for us to consider this a threat that needed to be removed from the school.”

Middleton said the student was quickly detained due to the prompt actions of LCMS faculty. “The safety of students and staff is our top priority as SROs. We will continue to be diligent in providing safety to Lincoln County Schools.”

Superintendent Mike Rowe added, “With the passing of Senate Bill 1 last May, school security has been made a top priority across the state. We feel like our Lincoln County SROs are doing a great job on proactively keeping our schools safe.”