Teen arrested following mass shooting threat against South Georgia preschool

Published: Feb. 19, 2019 at 3:32 PM EST
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By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 19, 2019

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Investigators say a 16-year-old student at Colquitt County High School has been arrested after he threatened to carry out a shooting spree at an unidentified preschool.

Officials have not publicly identified the teen, citing his age.

Authorities say the teen's arrest came after the international police organization INTERPOL traced him to an online threat. The threat of a mass shooting was posted to an online chat room last Tuesday inside a game on the teen's phone.

The game company alerted INTERPOL the same day and within 24 hours, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Moultrie Police Department and Colquitt County Sheriff's Office were all involved.

The teen was arrested Wednesday.

"His family was very concerned and upset about everything," said Sgt. Ronald Jordan with CCSO. "According to the parents, their child didn't have access to firearms, but that's part of the investigation we are still conducting."

Agencies say they located the teen by tracking the IP address, as the threat was posted while he was on CCHS Wi-Fi.

"During the investigation, the things he said during his interview and the things that were connected to the account he was using made us think that this was possible and he was going to do it," Sgt. Jordan said.

Investigators say the teen has already made his first appearance in court but, due to evidence collected in the case, the judge ruled against releasing him back to his parents. At this time, the teen is currently being held at a Georgia youth detention center.

The teen is facing terroristic threat charges. Investigators say they're still looking to see if an actual plan was made. If so, additional charges could be filed.

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