18-Year-Old Arrested After Threat Phoned Into School

Posted at 3:46 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 16:46:34-04

An 18-year-old has been arrested on a charge of committing an act of terrorism after threats were made to Loretto High School.

The incident took place Tuesday in Lawrence County when those with the sheriff’s office were alerted to a threat that had been phone into the high school.

Officials said the caller claimed he was going to the school to kill someone. That’s when those at the school began procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff.

The caller soon phoned again giving a time limit as to when the action would happen.

All schools in the county were placed on lockdown by the Lawrence County Board of Education while authorities investigated.

The school system’s IT department was able to find a phone number of interest.

As the investigation continued throughout the day on Tuesday, 18-year-old Tymothy Blaze Willis was taken into custody on unrelated charges, including violation of probation, failure to appear, and resisting arrest.

Officials said a warrant was issued on Willis on Wednesday after enough evidence was gathered to charge him with committing an act of terrorism in relation to the calls made to the school on Tuesday.

Willis was being held in the Lawrence County Detention Center on a $110,931 bond. He has been scheduled to appear in court September 6.