Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office Investigates Threats At Gardendale High School

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GARDENDALE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a situation involving threats made against students at Gardendale High School.

A 15-year-old student allegedly made the threats, and the student’s family has admitted him to an area mental hospital for evaluation.

Randy Christian, a spokesperson for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said a parent voiced concerns on Tuesday.  The student reportedly told some students he had a list of people he was going to shoot when he “went off and shot up the school”.  The student reportedly told some of the students they were on his list to shoot, Christian said.

A school resource officer talked with three students who were supposedly on that list.  No actual list has been found.

Christian said the suspect said he was joking.  However, the student was removed from school.

The Sheriff’s Office is searching the student’s computer for any evidence related to the threat.  Christian said the student doesn’t appear to have access to any firearms.

The student faces charges of making a terrorist threat.