DA confirms incident at Tallassee High

Chief Jimmy Rogers of the Tallassee Police Department
Chief Jimmy Rogers of the Tallassee Police Department

TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) - Information continues to unravel in Tallassee concerning the alleged threats made by five Tallassee High School students facing gang-related charges. Authorities tell WSFA 12 News the students face charges for strong-arming other students to join their gang.

On Thursday, new information came out about where the alleged threats took place. Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston said one of the charges stems from an incident that happened on the THS campus. He wouldn't say exactly what happened at the school, but concerned parents have been contacting WSFA for the last five days, sharing how their childrens' lives have been threatened by the alleged gang.

One parent, Vickie Sears, shared a note that was from alleged gang members telling her son to watch his back since he didn't join their family. "They were supposed to have raided a truck and there were supposed to be a lot of papers with names, pictures, drawings," said Sears. "Bad drawings of fire and hell and killings," she went on.

Chief Jimmy Rogers of the Tallassee Police Department said, "A lot of those are speculations and rumors in the community." Rogers was very limited in what he could discuss because the case is ongoing and involves minors.

The Tallassee School System can't say if the students are still attending school and school board members aren't allowed to report if they will hold an expulsion hearing at next month's board meeting. While there's little confirmed information on when, or if, that will take place the public has the right to the information during the hearing. All expulsion hearings are a matter of public record.

The next school board meeting is set for May 18th. WSFA 12 News is planning to be at that meeting and will have more information when it becomes available.