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Senior class president charged for threats
Jonathan Daniel Estep
Jonathan Daniel Estep
LUDOWICI — The senior class president at Long County High School has been arrested for alleged threatening to shoot several classmates during school on Oct. 24.
Wednesday, Jonathan Daniel Estep was charged with terroristic threats by the Long County Sheriff’s Department.
According to LCSD investigator Nicky Anderson, he and Georgia Bureau of Investigations agent Brad Chapman met Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters at the school Wednesday.
They also met with Estep, 18, and discussed the incident, which involved threats sent over phone text messages.
According to Anderson, after interviewing Estep and informing the senior that the messages had been traced to his mother’s air card, the senior admitted sending them.
Anderson also said Estep admitted posting a My Space page, that fueled the threats throughout the student body, on the internet.
According to the detective, after the interview, Estep was taken to the sheriff’s department and charged.
Anderson said that after the paperwork on Estep was completed, he was released to his parents on a $10,000 bond.
Anderson also said a 17-year-old student, who was originally suspected, was exonerated of all charges and had nothing to do with the incident.
Waters said Estep had been suspended from school for violating discipline code’s zero-tolerance policy on violence.
“The student was suspended as of Thursday, and will go before the school tribunal within 10 school days,” the superintendent said.
Estep was scheduled to graduate this year.  Activity listings said he was a member of the basketball cheerleading squad and senior class president.
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