Cullman Co. student arrested, withdrawn from school over Facebook comment

Cullman County Sheriff's Deputies worked throughout the night and arrested the student.

A Good Hope High School student was arrested Thursday morning after posting a Facebook comment that prompted increased security on campus.

The student posted "Good Hope School, hum? Let me think about it," through a fake Facebook account.

Cullman County Schools Superintendent Shane Barnette said the comment did not mention a direct threat to the school, but in light of what happened in Florida last week, they took no chances.

Cullman County Sheriff's Deputies worked throughout the night and arrested the student. Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said since it is a juvenile, details of the arrest cannot be released, but if an adult were arrested, they would typically be charged with making terroristic threats, which is a felony.

The student who Barnette said was very remorseful said it was meant as a joke has since withdrawn from the school system.

"There are a lot of things we can joke about, and there's a lot of things we can't joke about," Sheriff Gentry said. "This is something we're not going to joke about because this is a serious matter. When you make a reference to any type of threat towards our children, we take it very serious."

At Vinemont High School, some seniors received a TextNow message Wednesday night that included a gun symbol, Thursday's date and profanity. Security at Vinemont was also increased on Thursday.

Both schools were checked thoroughly and no evidence of any threats were found at the schools.

"Anytime you have something like what happened in Florida, we have copycats," Sheriff Gentry said. "People want to gain notoriety and how they want to do that is by using the media, social media, and that's what they're trying to accomplish."

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