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Spurger student detained; S.O. accuses child of terroristic threat


A 12-year-old Spurger student is in juvenile detention, accused of making a terroristic threat after a note was found Wednesday in school, according to information provided to KFDM News by Tyler County Sheriff David Hennigan. 

"Two students got into a war of words that escalated into a case of one-upmanship," Sheriff Hennigan told KFDM News. "One student wrote an inappropriate comment on a piece of paper that was threatening. A faculty member got a hold of it and the district reported it to us.We detained the child for juvenile probation. They took custody of the child for juvenile probation and transported him to Kountze. We filed a terroristic threat charge."

Spurger superintendent Joe Fisher told KFDM News the student won't be allowed to return to school pending a full investigation.

"All schools have a plan," Fisher told KFDM. "We conduct training for the faculty and staff. We do drills with the students all year long. They've been trained or been through a drill or both. From the students, to the staff, to the administration, to the Sheriff's Office, everyone did an outstanding job. The County officials have always been very quick to assist us whenever we need something. We want parents to know safety is a top priority. If they have any questions or concerns they should feel free to call administrators or principals."

Fisher told KFDM News the district used its automated calling system early Wednesday evening to let parents and staff know what had happened.

TYLER COUNTY - From Tyler County Sheriff's Office - On December 19th, 2012, Tyler County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) deputies were dispatched to the Spurger High School in reference to a possible terroristic threat against other students in the form of a handwritten note by another student.

Once on campus, deputies met with Principal Brandon Shumake, who advised deputies that the 'threatening note' was seen in the possession of a student by a faculty member. Principal Shumake told deputies that the 'threatening note' was located in the immediate area of the student's desk. Deputies also observed other notes written in the student's notebook which matched the writing on the threatening note. Deputies were told by Principal Shumake that the student admitted to writing another note on a piece of paper in which the edges aligned with the threatening note.

The student was taken into custody by deputies and transported to TCSO's juvenile holding area without incident. The student admitted to juvenile authorities that he wrote the note but did not mean any real harm and it was a joke. The student was then transported to a juvenile detention facility after being charged with 'Terroristic Threat' by the Sheriff's Office.

Regardless of the terrible tragedy that took place in Connecticut last week, the Sheriff's Office has always taken serious any terroristic threats at our local schools, and this incident will be treated no differently.

We are very appreciative of Spurger ISD official's quick response to this incident, and they should be commended for their swift action and obvious safety first mentality in regards to their students and faculty.

Spurger student detained; S.O. accuses child of terroristic threat

Tuesday, February 19 2013, 11:37 AM CST
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