According to reports from the Cobb County School District, one of the district's elementary schools received a threatening email stating that a bomb had been planted inside the building.
The email was allegedly sent by Andrew Brady, an 18 year old Georgia Tech student living in Austell. He also treated to shoot anyone who survived the school explosion.
Police arrested Brady and did a thorough search which revealed no weapons or bombs.
Terroristic Threats in Georgia
According to O.C.G.A. §16-11-37, terroristic threats in Georgia is defined by law as:
A person commits the offense of a terroristic threat when he or she threatens to commit any crime of violence; release any hazardous substance; or burn or damage property.
The terroristic threat shall be made with the purpose of terrorizing another; with the purpose of causing the evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation; with the purpose of otherwise causing serious public inconvenience; or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing the terror, evacuation, or inconvenience.
Most of the time, terroristic threats is classified as a misdemeanor, which can include up to one year in jail or up to $1,000 in fines, or both. However, if the terroristic threat threatened the death of the threatened individual, the person convicted will be guilty of a felony and will be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000, a prison term between one and five years, or both.
So far, the District Attorney in Cobb County has not released any information regarding whether or not Brady had any ties to the elementary school. The only update that has been provided since his arrest is that he has been denied bond.
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