The second New Manchester High senior arrested last month on charges of threatening an attack on the school has been suspended for the rest of the year and banned from prom and graduation.
Reginald Wright and his family, who live in the 2200 block of Greenwood Meadows Lane, argue that the punishment from the Douglas County Board of Education is too harsh and that authorities have taken the supposed threat—a single tweet sent March 22—way out of context, WSB-TV reported.
You can’t see Wright’s Twitter feed anymore because his account, @VirginsLoveAsh, under the alias Ashton Trey Williams, has been removed.
The offending tweet was “I’m gonna blow up New Manchester. Fear me grrr!!”
It came amid a series of tweets from Wright and others discussing Joshua Couch of the 3700 block of Appaloosa Trail, another 17-year-old New Manchester student who had been arrested two days earlier on charges related to a threatened attack on the school.
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In that case, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said that it had a history with Couch and that he had searched for online information about dangerous chemicals such as cyanide, so his arrest didn’t result from a report of a random written threat.
Wright and others were commenting on the bad publicity for New Manchester and joking about the case before he sent what was interpreted as his own threat.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Wright at school the morning of March 26 after learning about his tweet the previous night, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. He is charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, and disrupting a public school, a misdemeanor, and is out on $3,500 bond.
His attorney told WSB that the “blow up New Manchester” tweet referred to bringing attention to the school in a radio competition, not a bomb.
Couch, meanwhile, remains in the county jail without bond on a felony charge of criminal attempt to commit a felony.