Armed Man Near School

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - Court records show the principal of Athens
High School had suspended a student for five days for using a
racial slur to a classmate before the suspended student's father
showed up with a shotgun.
The News-Courier newspaper also reports that it was the wife of
51-year-old Thomas Brian Smoak who called authorities on Tuesday to
warn them that her husband was armed and headed for the school. He
was arrested nearby.
The newspaper says a police report shows an officer went to the
school because someone had called to say Smoak was heading there
with a shotgun.
An official said Thursday that Smoak remains in the Limestone
County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail, with a preliminary hearing
scheduled for June 8. A judge denied his request to be declared
Information from: The News Courier,

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