MEADVILLE – A Laclede teen-ager has been arrested for allegedly making a terrorist threat against Meadville High School, in Meadville, Mo.
MEADVILLE – A Laclede teen-ager has been arrested for allegedly making a terrorist threat against Meadville High School, in Meadville, Mo. According to a news release issued Friday by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Jeffery Woodward, 18, faces two counts of misdemeanor charges of making a terrorist threat. The charges were filed Friday by the Linn County prosecuting attorney’s office. Woodward is accused of making threats against Meadville High School, where he is a student. The sheriff’s office initiated an investigation after receiving information about Woodward’s alleged threatening comments. Woodward is alleged to have made multiple comments about killing people, shooting up the school, bombing the school and telling people to kill themselves. He was arrested without incident Friday morning at the school and was being held on a $20,000 bond. On Monday of last week, authorities arrested Keith D. Herring, 17, of Linneus, on a charge of making a terrorist threat against Meadville High School on Friday, Feb. 16. Herring also is a student at the school. Herring is alleged to have told other students to not come to school on Tuesday because there was going to be a shooting, according to the statement of probable cause filed with the prosecutor. Authorities say the two incidents appear unrelated. Following the Feb. 16 incident, the Meadville School District took steps to increase security. Measures involved locking all exterior doors continually throughout the day. Additionally, law enforcement would be on the site at various times throughout the day, including bus loading and unloading, according to Superintendent Ron Holcer. “We are making every effort, with all available resources, to keep the Meadville R-IV School District safe,” the superintendent stated in a letter posted on the school’s Facebook page following the first threat. “Our top priority is the safety of our students and staff.”