Dacula Middle School Student Facing Criminal Charge After Allegedly Making Threatening Statements

Incident reportedly happened as the students were walking toward the bus after school.

A sixth grade student is facing a charge of terroristic threats and acts after a Dec. 3 incident at Dacula Middle School.

According to Jorge Quintana, Director of Media Relations for Gwinnett County Public Schools, the sixth grader allegedly made a threatening statement to another student as they were walking toward the bus lanes after school.

"Dacula Middle administrators immediately looked into the case and were in touch with parents as well as the school resource officer," Quintana wrote in an email to Dacula Patch.

GCPS did not disclose any further details regarding the incident.

In addition to the criminal charge, the student is also facing school disciplinary measures.

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Kim S December 10, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Criminal charges for a 6th grader? As a mom of a 7th grader, that makes me sad. School disciplinary measures, absolutely, punishment at home as well, but I a juvenile record? We're talking 11 and 12 year olds.
Dacula Parent December 10, 2012 at 01:11 PM
This is insane! This 6th grader is not a terrorist. Unfortunately, the principals at Dacula Middle School have a history of exaggerating. I know this because when my son was in his second week of 6th grade he and some others were standing at the bus stop. The day before they had been playing around the yard with toy and water guns (we didn't allow air soft guns at our home). One of the children saw one from their game the previous day and picked it up and they passed it around. I was called later that morning by the assistant principal who told me that "my son had been caught with a firearm at the bus stop". My heart stopped! My son and the others were suspended and this has stayed on their school records ever since. At the time , we did not know that the school manual said to not have a plastic toy gun at the bus stop (which I take responsibility for ). These kids didn't know they were doing anything wrong. However, the DMS administration didn't care about that and wanted to make an example of them. They were all good kids and thankfully my son has gone on to be a great student and even the captain of a DHS highschool team. I pray that this 6th grader and family will be able to move on from terms like "terroristic threats". Of course we don't want guns or a terrorist incident in our community, but this sounds like another exaggeration by the administration at DMS.
Dacula Momma December 10, 2012 at 02:51 PM
This 6th grader threatened the other student with a knife. Absolutely she should have charges filed and be expelled!
Jennifer December 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
There is always way more to the story than just the details here and it is my understanding that the school does not press charges, but the parent does. As a parent I am thankful to the parent who was seeking to protect the school community.
CM December 10, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I can understand peoples frustrations or feeling like the schools" jump the gun" in dealing with these situations. I don't think however people understand Georgia Criminal Law. Under the age of 17 it is the parents who make the decision not the schools, officers or administration to charge these students with a crime. Under the age of 17 the victim of bullying or threat of an assault does not have the choice , it is the parents of the victim. Yes, they are children so that makes it your job as a parent even more important. If your child doesn't know that bullying and threatening others is wrong, then that falls on you as a parent. As a parent of a 17 year old, I still monitor FaceBook and other social media. Lets not forget 2 years ago a FB threat by a student ignited some parents to call the news who showed up at Dacula Middle accusing the school of not taking this seriously. You can't have it both ways.
David L. December 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Bear in mind that criminal charges against a juvenile are sealed and do not follow the accused into adulthood.
Polly December 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Dacula Parent, I happen to know several situations that have happened at DMS this year and I am appalled at the actions of the students at that school. Instead of "blaming" the school for what they do to keep the school safe why don't you "blame" the parents who are not parenting their children any better. ALL students have the RIGHT to come to school and feel safe!!!! ALL SCHOOL EMPLOYEES have that right too!!! Our society today does such a great job of demeaning the schools that just want to teach students. Why don't we take a look at the BIG ELEPHANT in the room which is poor parenting!!!
Polly December 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Another thing, schools cannot press charges, the parents of the victim are the ones that press charges.
Polly December 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Check out this article regarding a student at Duluth Middle School that was injured by another student carrying a sharp object. If the Dacula community is not careful this will happen at your child's school. http://peachtreecorners.patch.com/articles/sixth-grader-injured-in-bathroom-altercation-at-duluth-middle-school
Mr. B December 10, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Ignorance of the rules doesn't make one immune from them. Threatening a student with a knife is a terroristic threat. Not something that needs to be "moved on" from.
DMS Falcons Fan December 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
While some instances may seem like exaggeration on the part of administration, knowing what I do of the facts in this case, I believe the leadership at DMS acted very responsibly, as did the SRO. We are not talking about a water gun. The assailant had a history of repeatedly bullying this child and the assailant claimed to have a knife they would use to cut the victim. There are witnesses to this threat. There is a sound factual basis for the charges. If I had committed the acts for which the assailant is accused, I would be looking 1 - 5 years imprisonment. I pray, too, for the assailant... that they will get the help they need and the punishment they deserve.
JP December 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM
The majority of people posting on this don't have the slightest idea about what is actually happening with the incident...
Dacula Momma December 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM
How do you know what everyone else knows? My child goes to DMS, I received the email from the principal today about the incident, and I know the girl that made these threatening remarks was back at school today.
John Khorsek December 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM
This is disgusting! Do people forget that 6th graders are 11-12 years old, usually weigh under 100 pounds, and usually around 5 feet tall? Yea... I would feel so much safer if they locked this kid up and take away all of his human rights.
Richard Saunders December 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM
You are entirely correct about the school's misuse of the term "terroristic threat." I pulled the below definition from uslegal http://definitions.uslegal.com/t/terroristic-threat/ Terroristic Threat: a crime generally involving a threat to commit violence communicated with the intent to terrorize another, to cause evacuation of a building, or to cause serious public inconvenience, in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. Note, a terroristic threat is not JUST a threat to commit violence (which was allegedly uttered). No, for it to be terroristic it must be accompanied by "an intent to terrorize, to cause evacuation of a building, or serious public inconvenience." Were any of those three components present? It seems highly unlikely. No, more likely the little girl was lashing out at some boy who had been taunting her, or something equally silly. Have we all forgotten the things we said when we were 11 or 12 years old? This is a disciplinary matter, not a criminal one and should be treated as such. So, Dacula Parent, you are entirely correct to fault Dacula Middle School's handling of the situation. This is just another in a long string of frivolous criminal cases made possible by poorly worded legislation produced in the immediate aftermath of school tragedies. In the future, I hope school administrations will approach these matters with a bit more common sense.
DMS Falcons Fan December 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Due to my particular position, I know much more about this case than most in the general public. The assailant, who is nearly 6' tall, is more than a foot taller than the victim, who is one of the smallest in 6th grade. The assailant claimed to have a knife and threatened to stab, slash, and cut them. I know this victim and I can tell you, they were truly terrified and put in imminent fear for their safety, which perfectly fits the definition Mr. Saunders put forth. This is precisely the kind of bullying that results in innocent kids ending their own lives, feeling so unsafe at school that they would rather end it all than face another day of this kind of treatment. The school officials acted swiftly and appropriately, in connection with the Gwinnett PD, just as it should be. Mr. Khoresek, presumably you are an adult and can take care of yourself... We're not really concerned if YOU feel safer. Your sarcasm is ill-placed and inconsiderate.
John Khorsek December 11, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Jail is never the answer, the psychological affects are devastating. Children who get caught in penal system lose all self esteem, and self confidence. They become bitter and depressed, they usually lose faith in society, and lose all motivation to stay on the right path. Not to mention the abuse, suffering, violence, and humiliation they will experience at the hands of law enforcement officers and other inmates. If you advocate a 6th grader being thrown in jail, then you are a sociopath and I am scared to think of what you're capable of doing to your own children.
DMS Falcons Fan December 11, 2012 at 01:42 AM
What typically happens in these cases is that the perpetrator is required to receive counseling. Any 6th grader that threatens another like in this case certainly could benefit from therapy, as could the victim.
karol December 11, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Well, when they threaten to stab your child, perhaps you'll feel differently.
karol December 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM
usually, but not always.
JnC December 17, 2012 at 09:28 PM
These schools are NOT following their own policies and what is now state law. Three strikes and you're out regarding bullying. They are letting bullying go way too far and only taking action when it gains public attention. I would encourage every person that has an opinion on this post to go work one month at DMS then come back and tell us how you feel. The behavior of these 11 and 12 year old children are out of control and after reading some of these post I can see why. Completely out of touch parents.
LocalLady December 18, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Parents need to start being involved in their children's lives!!! Quit blaming the school systems and check your kid's fb, instagram and twitter accounts... I bet you will be surprised at what you find. Take a second to be a parent to your child instead of expecting your school to raise them. Teachers are there to educate, not police your inadequacies as a parent!!!
Dacula Momma December 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I just don't understand how this child can be back in the regular classroom. If she had been bullying another student all year and then threatened her, why did she not get expelled??
DMS Falcons Fan December 20, 2012 at 04:44 AM
The bully has now been suspended a second time for harassing the same victim AGAIN after being allowed to return to classes!
Dacula Momma December 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM
At what point will they just expel her?? This is ridiculous!


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