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Jessie Clark student faces criminal charges over Facebook postings

A Jessie Clark Middle School student is facing criminal charges because police and school officials say he used Facebook to make threats against the school building.

The boy, whose age and name were not released because he is a juvenile, made "comments that basically referred to the destruction of the school," said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts. She said the statements were posted between Aug. 18 and 25.

School administrators learned of the comments Monday morning and notified the police department's school resource officers.

The boy was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, Roberts said.

She said the boy's comments were general in nature and did not specify a method for the school's destruction. She said he told police he intended the postings as a joke.

"The child expressed to us that he meant no harm," she said, adding that police and school administrators must take all threats seriously.

A letter signed by Jesse Clark principal Lisa Goodin was sent home with each student Monday afternoon.

In it, Goodin said that "there were no threats against any individuals" and that the school had "no reason to believe that any of our students or staff were in any danger."

She said the student would face disciplinary action by the school district and the juvenile court system.

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