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Tweet Costs New Manchester Senior His Prom, Graduation

Reginald Wright is suspended for the rest of the year.

The second 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 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 .

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In that case, the 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.

Wright’s family said he still hopes to attend the University of West Georgia this fall, WSB reported.

Couch, meanwhile, remains in the without bond on a felony charge of criminal attempt to commit a felony.

James Blank April 21, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Maybe we need to outlaw the word bomb - I mean how much time and money does this word waste?! If this happened as a conversation in person instead of on twitter would the outcome be the same? This is something that kids and adults need to be conscientious of with "e" communication. The intent of your words can be misconstrued or left open to A READERS interpretation, not just your expected audience. I don't think I could take any statement using "grrr" very seriously. But I know society acts on the side of caution and I understand we can't be too careful - But clearly this kid made a stupid mistake - a silly comment - and it is going to change his life forever.
John Doe September 27, 2012 at 07:19 AM
“THAT BOY”??? REALLY!!! First of all “DOUCHE BAG” do me a favor and Shut the “HELL UP”!!!! Like listen to yourself you act like your ass wasn’t a kid at a time and that you didn’t do dumb shit at a time too (ex. “Posting this comment”). He was clearly mocking and making fun of the dumbass that got locked up 2 days before. Yes he went about it the wrong way. But I feel as though the school and police department didn’t try and see where he was coming from with the humor and went to far with the felony charges. But still the fact of the matter is we all make mistakes when were young and yes there will be consequences for them. But we learn from them and become better people over time….. And Lady “THAT BOY” is my friend, and I don’t appreciate you calling him stupid!!! And have a nice freaking day….
John Doe September 27, 2012 at 07:21 AM
“THAT BOY”??? REALLY!!! First of all “DOUCHE BAG” do me a favor and Shut the “HELL UP”!!!! Like listen to yourself you act like your ass wasn’t a kid at a time and that you didn’t do dumb shit at a time too (ex. “Posting this comment”). He was clearly mocking and making fun of the dumbass that got locked up 2 days before. Yes he went about it the wrong way. But I feel as though the school and police department didn’t try and see where he was coming from with the humor and went to far with the felony charges. But still the fact of the matter is we all make mistakes when were young and yes there will be consequences for them. But we learn from them and become better people over time….. And Lady “THAT BOY” is my friend, and I don’t appreciate you calling him stupid!!! And have a nice freaking day…. tthis was for you
John Doe September 27, 2012 at 07:24 AM
your stupid, because he was obviuosly joking. hintz the "Grrr" Mrs smartty
Sheri Sperin September 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM
John doe, by what you said in your post, I can see why you are a coward to use this name. This boy got what he deserved and I hope he does get charged with a felony goes to jail. Also you are an idiot and you sound like you dropped out of elementary school. Every one does dumb things but not stupid things like this boy. An\d you should talk about posting comments especially making yourself sound illiterate. Things like this is not a joke nor is it funny. It is just down right stupid. Apparently you have not learned from your mistakes or you have not even become better (etc., replying like an idiot to this "Posting comment" ) person. You probably think it would be a great joke to go to the airport and make threats.

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