Northview School Threat

Four Northview students are charged with terrorist threats after an internet conversation involving on Myspace.

School and law enforcement officials spoke this morning for the first time publicly about the internet conversation.

It turns out, no guns were involved, and it was an internet conversation threatening a school shooting at Northview.

Houston County officials say it started Friday night around 8 o'clock when a concern parent notified the Houston County Sheriff's department when her child noticed a threatening Myspace comment.

Deputies immediately began an investigation, ultimately arresting four juveniles Saturday and charging them with terrorist threats a Class C felony.

Many parents have signed their children out of school for the day today.

Extra police officers are in the hallways to make students and parents feel safer.

Bill Rafferty of Houston Co. Sheriff's Dept. says, “The parents have been cooperating as you can imagine but it's hard for them to think their children would do something like this but they are helping us with the investigation.”

Principal Ron Snell says the school is safe and parents should feel okay about sending their kids back to school.

News 4 will have team coverage on this incident tonight on News 4 at five and six.

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  • by Cathy Location: Dothan on Apr 30, 2007 at 04:09 PM
    I feel that the school officials should have alerted the parents before; we had to hear it from other students or the news. I was at Northview this morning to find out what was going on and the assistant principal was not resuring to me or the two other parents that were in his office.
  • by Jake Location: Northview High school on Apr 30, 2007 at 12:02 PM
    Yeah the cops really are not dong anything. I just see them walking around talking to each other. I don't feel any safer so what's the point of them here. They only make us more nervous. And the principals are jumping down everyones throats about the most mundane things. "You're not allowed to touch or hug each other get that ID on." I heard Mr. Leiws and Mrs. Wright yell at these town girls hugging....One of the girls was crying and the other was just trying to comfort her. What's the problem with that? They school's rules and they way they are inforced are the reason why attendance is so low the the reason why people post blogs like the one that is being reviewed now.
  • by brittany Location: northview high school on Apr 30, 2007 at 11:54 AM
    Please excuses my language but this is crap. People get stressed out at this school and the blog was just them ranting. They didn't have a good day so they were just talking it over with some friends. Yes it was a stupid and smart ass thing to do but they're teens. There were no guns and there is no threat. This is all just people over reacting cuase of the Virgenia incedent.
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