Student arrested after threats made

James Michael Singleton, 18, a student at Elbert County Comprehensive High School was arrested at 12:38 a.m. Thursday morning on charges of felony terroristic threats and acts following a complaint to the Elbert Police Department that Singleton had made statements about “shooting up” the high school on Friday, March 16. 

 According to an incident report obtained by The Elberton Star on Thursday morning, a 39-year-old Elberton woman reported the threats to the police department at 6:58 p.m. Wednesday. 

“If you hear something, tell somebody,” said Police Chief Mark Welsh, “That’s our best line of defense in this.”

According to Welsh, a “classroom full” of people heard the threats.

The incident report states that an investigation into the claims was conducted which led officers to the arrest of Singleton. 

Singleton, of 3412 Hester Road, was hand-cuffed and detained by law enforcement officers.  

The incident report states that his vehicle was searched prior to being transported and was again searched after transport. 

The report also listed the weapon type in the incident as a gun. 

According to a press release issued by the police department, The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has been contacted and will assist the police department with the investigation if needed. 

The press release also stated that there are “no credible threats against the high school” at this time and the facts of the case will continue to be investigated.

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