Former student accused of threatening high school shooting in song lyrics

Former student accused of threatening high school shooting in song lyrics

FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - A former Forrest County Agricultural High School student is behind bars, accused of making a song with lyrics threatening a shooting at the school.

Investigator John Tryner, with the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office, said 18-year-old Michael Hartfield II was arrested Thursday night and charged with making a terroristic threat.

Tryner said the FCAHS school resource officer alerted the sheriff’s office to the disturbing content of the song Thursday. After listening to the expletive-laced lyrics, investigators obtained a warrant for Hartfield’s arrest.

The song was uploaded to the popular music sharing website SoundCloud but has since been removed.

In the song, Tryner said Hartfield mentions shooting up the school, classrooms and faculty. Tryner said the song mentions some current school employees by name.

Hartfield surrendered to Forrest County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday night. Tryner said Hartfield was not armed when he was arrested.

Hartfield made his initial appearance in Forrest County Justice Court on Friday morning. His bond was set at $35,000. If convicted, Hartfield could face up to 10 years in prison.

Tryner said Hartfield was charged under a new terroristic threat law that went into effect in Mississippi in July.

FCAHS Superintendent Dr. Donna Boone issued this statement to WDAM on Friday afternoon:

We were made aware of a song on an Internet site yesterday and immediately began an investigation. We found that the song was by a person who was not a student at FCAHS and contacted law enforcement, who then took over the investigation.
Dr. Donna Boone

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