Charges dropped against teen accused of threatening Centerville middle school

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 5:07 PM

His mother is sharing the nightmare their family went through.

The charges against a teen accused of making threats against a Centerville middle school were dropped and his mother is sharing the nightmare their family went through.

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Centerville City Schools and Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies started the investigating Thursday night after threats were posted on an Instagram account, but the teen was taken into custody until Friday.

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News Center 7’s Mike Campbell confirmed that a second threat made Sunday pointed the finder at another student, leaving the boy’s family to try to clear his name.

Despite having charges dropped, his mother said he is still not back in class.

“They said the account was in his name and said he wanted to kill three people,” said Jennifer Davis.

The mother was stunned when deputies and school officials contacted her Thursday night about the threats.

She said she didn’t see anything like that posted on her 13-year-old’s Instagram account.

And her oldest son saw problems right away.

“My teenager knew in five minutes that it was a fake account,” Davis said.

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But she and her husband couldn’t couldn’t convince investigators. They took her son to the juvenile detention center Friday and accused him of making terrorist threats.

A magistrate allowed the teen to be released on electronic monitoring Saturday morning, but the nightmare continued into Sunday.

Deputies returned to their home after another threat was posted online.

Davis said they already had taken his phone and removed computers from the home.

A babysitter who was at the home while Davis and her husband were out confirmed that the boy didn’t have access to any devices to post anything.

“It saved my son,” said Davis. “It did.”

She showed Mike Campbell receipts from a drug store the entire family was shopping at when the first threat was shared Thursday. 

Davis also shared court papers that made it clear all charges were dropped against her son.

The sheriff’s office confirmed that another Watts student was responsible for the threats and was trying to frame Davis’ son.

While she said she understands the seriousness of the situation, she feels like there was a rush to judgment.

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“I feel like the school felt pressure from the community to do something,” Davis said. “I understand school safety, but in this case, they failed my student.”

It is not clear what kind of school discipline the second student may face, but in juvenile court the second student could face more charges.