On the first day of school at Taylor Middle School (TMS), a student was arrested after threatening to shoot another student.

According to police reports, on Aug. 15, just before 11 a.m., two young men at the middle school got into an argument and a threat was made.

One of the students said, "if you don't stop, I'm going to shoot you." Other students heard the comment and reported it to teachers.

"The child was not in possession of a handgun, and we don't feel like he ever had a handgun," said Taylor Police Commander Joseph Branson. "But he made this statement, which was concerning to the other student."

TMS staff members were notified about the threat, who alerted the school resource officer at the school. The officer met with the student who made the threat and made the arrest.

"This is something both the school district and the police department are going to take seriously," Branson said. "Threats that are made in this manner could result in arrests."

The 12-year-old student was charged with terroristic threat, a class B misdemeanor. The name of the student cannot be released because he is a minor.

"He'll go before a judge, and what happens there is up to the court system," Branson explained. "We present the charge and the courts will then make a determination for what the course of action is."

He said the police department emphasizes safety in the schools and in the community.

"We want everyone aware that safety is something we take seriously, and threats of this nature are not going to be tolerated."

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