DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Police said a man was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats at Brookhaven Middle School Friday morning.
Police said at 7:37 a.m., the Morgan County 911 center received a panic alarm from Brookhaven Middle School. The school was placed in full lockdown while multiple officers with the Decatur Police School Resource Unit, as well as officers with the Patrol Division, responded to the scene to investigate.
When police arrived, they discovered Mario Cortez Long, 22, had entered the school, allegedly to use the phone. They said that several students reported that Long was standing outside the school and had told several students that he had a gun and was going to harm a student.
Long was arrested without incident and charged with public intoxication and making terrorist threats. When police searched Long, they did not find any weapons.
Decatur Police said it was thanks to the students’ concern and willingness to come forward that officers were alerted to Long’s presence and were able to arrest him without incident.
Judge Thompson set Long’s bond at $100,000.