18-year-old arrested in Pataula Charter Academy incident

18-year-old arrested in Pataula Charter Academy incident

CALHOUN CO., GA (WALB) - According to a Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office arrest record, an 18-year-old was arrested in connection to an incident at Pataula Charter Academy.

Jackson Hattaway Stapleton was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony around 9 a.m. on Monday.

Stapleton was released on a $5,000 bond just after 10 a.m. Monday.

The arrest record states the incident happened at the school on March 6.

Superintendent Kylie Holley sent WALB the following statement:

As stated in our original letter to parents, rumors are unfortunately running rampant with this situation. Due to student privacy laws and an ongoing legal investigation the school cannot divulge specific details of the investigation or consequences for the student. However, I will debunk the false rumors [WALB] asked about. In our investigation it was not reported by any witness nor the student that the list was a ‘hit list’ or ‘rape list.’ There was no weapon found in our search. We also have not received any firsthand account of a threat made on the school since. I feel that our Principal handled the investigation and safety of students in the best possible way the day of the incident and since. As soon as the investigation was completed, parents of students on the list were informed to give them the details we could. We also sent the letter [WALB has] already shared to all parents via Remind, a text and email notification system all parents are asked to join when enrolling at PCA. Even though the student has not been allowed on campus, we have had increased police presence since the incident to ease parents’ and students’ minds. We intend to keep that security measure the remainder of the year, as well as for events such as Prom and Graduation. We understand that this kind of situation is frightening to parents, and they would like to know all the details and see an immediate resolution. However, as a public school we are bound by laws that govern student privacy and due process rights. We have done the best we could to balance protecting those rights and how to inform parents in such a sensitive situation.
Superintendent Kylie Holley

Pataula Charter Academy sent a letter home to parents Friday, explaining that as soon as the concern was reported to administration, everything else was dropped so that a thorough threat assessment could be conducted.

Edison police are still investigating this incident and WALB will provide updates as details come in.

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