15-Year-Old Student Charged for Central High School Shooter Hoax
A 15-year old student has been charged with making a false report to law enforcement and rendering false alarm after claiming an active shooter was at Central High School Monday afternoon.
911 dispatchers first received one phone call from Central High School at 12:05 p.m. claiming there was an active shooter in the building. The caller then hung up and did not answer multiple callbacks.
The school was immediately placed on lockdown, and the school resource officer and another officer on scene began to sweep the building for any active threads.
Nearly 30 officers and investigators including Tuscaloosa Police Chief Brent Blankley responded to the call, and quickly surmised that the threat was unfounded.
The systemwide lockdown was lifted at 1 p.m., and officers took the suspect into custody shortly after at 1:45 p.m.
Investigators within TPD's Youth Aid division interviewed him and charged him later Monday afternoon.
"TPD treats these situations very seriously, and we will track down the source of any false reports regarding our schools,” Blankley said. “A claim like the one made today doesn’t just disrupt the school day. It’s frightening."
The student is currently being detained at the Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center, pending a court hearing on the two misdemeanor charges.