Authorities on watch after multiple threats made to students


Two students are facing criminal charges after reportedly threatening to shoot up or blow up two high schools in Wayne County. The threats came a month before Wayne County Public Schools issued a release seeking help from parents and students to identify and combat threats at local schools.

On Oct. 1 at Rosewood High School, an underaged student was accused of saying that he was going to shoot multiple students. The student was reportedly found with a “kill list” containing multiple names.

The underage student has since been referred to juvenile services for criminal charges.

In September, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office received a false bomb threat at Southern Wayne High School.

A warrant was issued for 18-year-old Taheim Rashad Leach on Oct. 18 after officers say they were able to trace the call made to the school on Sept. 26, back to him. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help to locate Leach last week.

On Thursday, a resident notified the sheriff’s office that Leach was inside a Wayne County home, according to a WCSO release.

Officers say they found Leach hiding inside the home after they entered.

Leach of 102 Waldrop Road, Dudley, is charged with making a false bomb report to a public building.

He was being held in the Wayne County Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond.

Wayne County Public Schools Superintendent Michael J. Dunsmore shared a nearly 3-minute message through the district’s automated notification system asking parents for their help to address threats at local schools on Nov. 5.




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