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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersonville High School student is at a youth detention center after making a threatening comment online -- but his attorney warns that the school district has gone too far.
Jeffersonville Police arrested the 15-year-old, saying he made threats on Facebook claiming there would be violence at the school on Friday.
His attorney says the student was responding to an ongoing conversation about the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar. But the conversation turned to the possibility of a shooting at the school and the freshman posted, "I'm the guy, smiley face."
Police have charged him with terroristic deception and intimidation. His attorney Larry Wilder says if the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary hadn't happened, that student wouldn't be facing charges: "There is no question in my mind we would not be standing here having this conversation, he would not be in that courtroom, because I can assure you if anyone wants to take all their time filtering through Facebook chats and messages we would have a courtroom full of young people who make stupid, stupid, silly statements."
Wilder says the teen is very remorseful and is hopeful the charges will be dropped.