February 23, 2018 11:01:52 AM
A juvenile is in custody in West Point following a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he may have been planning to attack West Point High School.
West Point Police Department received the tip Thursday, according to a press release. A FBI agent in Oxford spoke with West Point Police Chief Avery Cook identifying a WPHS student who allegedly threatened to attack the school today.
Cook, along with other authorities at WPPD and West Point Consolidated School District took the juvenile out of class, speaking with him first at the school and later at the police department, the press release said. Authorities also contacted the student's father, who met them at the police department. The District Attorney's Office has also been notified of the case.
Authorities have not identified the juvenile because his case will handled by Clay County Youth Court. However, the press release said the threat was an isolated incident.
Cook said he could not release many details on the incident -- including exactly how the student intended to attack the school. But he said the student told officers it was a joke.
"But we have to take this stuff seriously," he said.
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