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Mother furious about recent threat to hang her son

A mother is looking for answers after she says her son was followed home by a Pell City High School student who threatened to hang her son.

"It saddens me because we send our kids out to get the education they need and now he can't even get an education because he's afraid to go to school. The first two days after this incident, he slept with me."

A mother is looking for answers after she says her son was followed home by a Pell City High School student who threatened to hang her son.

A worried mother told me when she moved her son from Talladega to Pell City in February, she was looking for a fresh start. Now months later, her son is terrified to step out of the house. We're not showing her son to protect his identity.

"Somebody else said it before him, but they never followed me, they just said it."

The student describes the shock of seeing the student he says threatened him in the SUV behind his bus. The latest incident is what his mother says is a string of threats.

"I was told by Dr. Dowdy that he would look into it and I never heard back from him," said LaTorrie Tanner.

As time went by, Tanner thought the situation was resolved, but on September 27th she received a call from an Assistant Principal about her son reporting another threat to his teacher.

"I told the principal that this was the second incident and I wasn't going to let it go away," said Tanner.

Her son says Principal Dowdy talked to the class and made him and the student shake hands. But it did not end there.

Last Tuesday, while on the bus her son noticed that he was being followed by the student he says threatened him.

"I was scared then. I saw the suburban and boy in the passenger seat, I don't know who was driving."

As soon as he got off the bus he rushed to his neighbor's house for help.

Tanner filed a police report and went back to the principal for more answers. Since the incident, her son has been scared to go to school.

This isn't the first case of racial tension at Pell City High School this semester. The principal, Dr. Dowdy, didn't go on camera but told ABC 33/40 it troubles him to hear this and he takes these concerns seriously. He said he wants to know what he can do to make it better and get her son back to school. Tanner told me they have a court hearing about this on November 30.

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