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Student charged for making threats at Langston Chapel Middle School
Latest in rash of similar incidents in area

Bulloch County sheriff's deputies have arrested yet another teen for making threats of violence at school.

A 14-year-old male Langston Chapel Middle School student was charged Friday with terroristic threats and disrupting a public school after claiming he had "a gun on his person and threatening to kill someone," said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown in a statement released Friday.

After the teen made the threat "in the presence of other students," someone told administrators, who in turn contacted the school resource officer, Deputy Randy Garmin.

When Garmin questioned the student, he confirmed that a verbal threat was made but that the student did not have a gun on his person, Brown said.

The teen was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he was booked on the charges, and he will be detained at the Claxton Youth Detention Center, he said.

The case will be forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office.

The arrest follows numerous similar incidents in the area over the past two weeks. A Statesboro High School student admitted March 1 that she fabricated a story about seeing a threat to the school on social media, a Southeast Bulloch High School teen was arrested March 4 after reportedly making threats of violence to other students, and a 13-year-old male Metter Middle School student was arrested March 6 for similar offenses.

A Georgia Southern University student also was arrested Feb. 28 on charges of terroristic threats and acts. According to Georgia Southern University police reports, Emmanuel Pham, 20, made an online statement that read, "If you value your life, don't be on campus tomorrow."

Anyone with information about the Langston Chapel Middle School incident is asked to contact Garmin at (912) 515-5602.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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