Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims said over the last few days, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Douglas Police Department, have investigated reports of student threats being made at Douglas Schools.

“We do not take these type of threats lightly regardless of the reasons why they were said,” Sims stated. “The safety of our students is priority.”

On Monday, the sheriff’s investigators and deputies arrested a 16-year-old boy at Douglas High School. He is being charged with making a terrorist threat involving the school which is a class C felony. He is being held by juvenile authorities.

“During the course of the investigation, we did not believe the students or faculty were under immediate threat or danger,” he stated.

The sheriff’s office was able to quickly assess the information and make an arrest today based on the hard work of our deputies and investigators. They will hold students accountable for their actions.

“I would like to say thank you to Douglas Police Department, Dr. Cindy Wigley, Juvenile Probation, and all county school officials,” he said.

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