DeKALB – A DeKalb High School senior who alluded to weapons and violence while engaging with people on social media won't be in school Monday – but more police and counselors will be, for students concerned about what they've seen over the weekend.
According to James Horne, the high school's principal, administration was made aware Thursday of a video in which the 18-year-old was rapping and repeatedly using racial slurs, and that the situation was dealt with. Thereafter, however, the senior, whose name won't be made public because no arrest was made, according to Police Cmdr. Bob Redel, exchanged videos with people objecting to his use of the slurs, prompting the young man to share a video with the following quote:
"Yeah, I don't truly know what I'm capable of," he said, with a Confederate flag with a smiley face in the middle on the wall behind him. "I'm not even going to tell you what training I have, or what weaponry, because all that's going to do is spoil the fun."
Redel said police spoke with the young man and searched his car and house Friday morning, and no weapons were found. DeKalb District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven, however, said police presence – beyond School Resource Officer Aaron Lockhart, who was "essential" to the swift action take thus far, Horne said – will be bolstered Monday, and that more counselors will be made available.
"That's for students who might be troubled or have questions about what they saw over the weekend," Craven said.
Horne said he can't say exactly when the 18-year-old might be allowed back on campus, but it won't be tomorrow, and punishment will soon be determined.
"It's severe," Horne said. "That's what I can say. We don't take this lightly. It could end in a expulsion."