Superintendent: 2 students removed from North Jackson High School due to separate threats

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STEVENSON, Ala. – Two students have been removed from North Jackson High School in the past two days. These were separate incidents, and the superintendent said neither will return to the school.

A number of parents sent us messages they were seeing on social media. WHNT News 19 spoke with Dr. Bart Reeves, Superintendent of Jackson County Schools.

Dr. Reeves said a student brought brass knuckles to school on Wednesday. The item converts to a knife. That student was arrested and has withdrawn from school. The student’s name, nor his grade, have been released due to his age.

In a separate incident, rumors began to circulate Wednesday afternoon that another student was going to bring a gun to school. Thursday morning, police and sheriff’s deputies were present at North Jackson. They took the student in custody when he arrived. He did not have a weapon, Dr. Reeves said. The school administration spoke with the student’s parents.  The student is not charged with a crime.  Dr. Reeves said he doesn’t foresee the student returning, but if he does, the teen will have to go before the school board.

Dr. Reeves said he has been in communication with North Jackson Principal Sam Houston throughout the day. Reeves said Thursday was a good day at the school and both he and Houston feel students are safe.

Parents have asked why no phone call alert has been sent out about this. Dr. Reeves said he is speaking with Principal Houston to determine what is rumor, what is fact, and if they need to notify parents through an alert call, they will.