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AJHS student suspended

A seventh grade Alexander Junior High School student has beensuspended following the discovery of a threatening letter at theschool Tuesday, said Arlustra “Pap” Henderson, Brookhaven assistantpolice chief.

Henderson said the letter, which mentioned the possibility ofthe student bringing a weapon to school, passed from the student totwo other students before arriving in the office. The letter didnot target any individual, although a teacher’s name was written onthe back page of the letter.

“The way I look at it, it wasn’t a direct threat to thatteacher,” Henderson said.

The student was brought to the police station and later releasedto his parents.

Henderson described the incident as a school matter and said thestudent has been suspended for 10 days pending further action bythe school board. He said no police charges have been filed.

In the letter, the student indicated he was upset about someschool incidents and could bring a knife or gun to the school,Henderson said. While the student wrote about possible action, theletter did not identify a specific person as a target.

Ricky Holloway, AJHS principal, directed requests for comment onthe school incident to Superintendent Dr. Sam Bounds. Bound wasunavailable for comment this morning.

Henderson said the department had received some calls fromconcerned parents. The assistant chief said he understood thoseconcerns.

“It’s something we’re not going to tolerate,” Henderson saidabout threats and school violence. “We’re monitoring it veryclose.”