Student arrested after threat to Columbus High School

Published: Feb. 16, 2018 at 10:22 PM CST
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A 17-year-old Columbus High School Student was arrested after he made statements that he was planning a school shooting on March 1.

On Friday, Feb. 16 at approximately 6:41 p.m. he was taken into custody at his place of employment in Columbus. He was booked into the Columbia County Jail for terroristic threats.

According to a statement from the Columbus Police Department, the student had made comments regarding his intention to cause more causalities than the shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14.

The evening of his arrest, Columbus officers executed a search warrant at a Columbus residence, related to the terroristic threat investigation. While searching the residence, officers discovered 15 pounds of marijuana, individually packaged.

Eugene Bobholz, 44, and Roy Whittington, 64, both of Columbus, were taken into custody. They were booked into the Columbia County jail on multiple felony drug related charges.

Emails were sent to Columbus families by the Superintendent of the Columbus School District Friday night.

NBC15 obtained the emails sent by Superintendent Annette Deuman.

The first email was sent on Friday at 6:56 p.m. and said:

"Dear Columbus Families,

After school this afternoon several individuals reported that a student made a threat of violence against Columbus High School for a date in March 2018.

The school district immediately contacted the Columbus Police department. The police department responded immediately and is conducting a thorough investigation into this threat, including all appropriate immediate action.

All necessary precautions are being taken. At no time were any students or staff in danger. The safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority.

Questions about this message may be directed to Annette Deuman. We will communicate with you as more information becomes available. The school district is also engaged in an investigation. All District activities will proceed this evening and weekend as planned.

It is normal to experience a variety of reactions when receiving information of this nature. Please remember that schools are safe places, especially when strong systems of collaboration and support exist. Our counselors are available for any student wishing to talk about what occurred. It is important to remind each other that if we see something, we must say something.

Sincerely, Annette Deuman"

The second email was sent at 8:56 p.m. and said:

"Columbus Families,

This is an update on my previous email concerning the reported threats to the Columbus High School.

The student who allegedly made the threats to Columbus High School is in custody. The Columbus Police Department have the situation under control.

Again, we would like to stress that at no time were staff or students in danger. The School District will be following up with our investigation and taking appropriate action.

As stated earlier, all events over the weekend are taking place. We feel confident the high school and all district buildings are safe and secure for all students and staff.

The swift actions by students at the high school to report information to the administration was pivotal in the quick resolution. We thank them and are proud of them for reporting the information immediately.

Please know that the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority every day. If you have any questions regarding this message, please contact Annette Deuman.

Thank you, Annette Deuman"

NBC15 reached out to the Columbus Police Department Sunday for further information but was told none is available at this time. The juvenile's name is not being released.