Police: AL man charged after reporting false gun threat to school

Police: AL man charged after reporting false gun threat to school

GREENVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A Greenville man has been charged with false reporting after officials say he called an elementary school and said there was a person with a gun on the campus, according to Greenville officials.

Jonathan Paul Smith, 32, was charged with falsely reporting an incident and taken to the Butler County jail with a $3,000 bond.

Police say on Thursday, Greenville Elementary School received an anonymous phone call stating that a person had a gun at the school. The school, WO Parmer, Greenville Middle School and the board of Education all went into lockdown mode.

Officers were sent to the school to locate the person in question, but after interviewing the person and searching his property, it was determined that there was not a threat.

Investigator Captain Lovvorn tracked down the owner of the phone number, who initially reported the threat to the school, and identified him as Smith.

Smith was taken into custody and questioned about the report of the threat. It was discovered that the threat was unsubstantiated, and Smith was taken into custody.

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