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5 Houston County students charged with making terroristic threats in last week

Houston County school buses parked at the new bus facility in Warner Robins.
Houston County school buses parked at the new bus facility in Warner Robins. wmarshall@macon.com

Two Houston County students accused of making threats on their schools were arrested Wednesday.

Classmates reported that a Bonaire Middle School student made "a threat against the school on social media," Houston County schools spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin said in an email to The Telegraph.

The student was investigated by the Houston County Sheriff's Office and charged with being a party to a crime of terroristic threats and acts, McLaughlin said.

Also Wednesday, a Warner Robins High School student was accused of making threats on the school. The student was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts.

McLaughlin did not respond to questions sent Wednesday night about the nature of the alleged threats and where they were reportedly made. On Thursday night, McLaughlin said she could not provide any additional details and cited the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

In the past week, five Houston County schools students have been arrested and charged with similar offenses.

On Saturday, a 13-year-old girl was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats to Huntington Middle School.

On Tuesday, a 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats to Warner Robins Middle School. Later Tuesday, a 16-year-old was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats to the Houston County Crossroads Center.

The alleged threats happened on the heels of a school shooting in Florida on Feb. 14 that left 17 dead.

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