BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Jefferson County school resource officers had to respond to a threat Bragg Middle School on Thursday.
A 13-year-old eighth grader was discover to have been behind the threat.
Lt. Jacob Reach, head of the sheriff’s office SRO division, says the boy wanted the message to just go to his family.
“We believe he did not want to go to school. He felt like if he alarmed his family he wouldn’t have to,” Reach said.
A member of the family shared over the social media and the threat spread quickly. The parents of the 13 year old eventually brought the boy to authorities.
While the incident ended quickly. Jefferson County students continued to spread the threat over social media Friday and the concern continued to spread.
“The one thing we want to emphasize is when these students and parents see something on social media instead of sharing it we ask them to contact authorities,” Reach said.
Brad Robertson, principal of Bragg Middle School, sent out a statement to all parents.
“Please help us by talking to your children about making jokes that are inappropriate. In the day and age in which we live, jokes cannot be made in regards to the safety and well-being of others, " Robertson said.
The eighth grader is facing serious charges, such as a felony charge and expulsion from school.
"Even at a young age, poor decisions have consequences and in today’s time any terrorist threat will be taken seriously. We will investigate and we will prosecute you,” Reach said.