Student holds teacher hostage after told he won’t graduate
source:oanow.com school officials say they will wait for police to conclude their investigation before taking any disciplinary action for a student accused of threatening and briefly detaining a teacher in a classroom Friday morning.
Corrderialous Jaquez Ingram, 19, of Opelika was arrested at 2:05 p.m. Friday and charged with making terrorist threats and unlawful imprisonment after the classroom incident, said Opelika Police Department Capt. Allan Elkins.
“When Ingram reportedly arrived at the school for graduation practice, he was informed that due to his grades and attendance that he would not be graduating,” Elkins said.
That’s when Ingram allegedly took a pair of scissors from a teacher’s desk and detained the teacher while making threats, Elkins said. Ingram then left the school’s campus, during which time warrants for his arrest were issued. Ingram was taken into custody by police a short time later.
“We had a student that was upset about not graduating and made some poor decisions after being informed of that,” said Opelika City School superintendent Dr. Mark Neighbors.
Neighbors said Ingram did not allow the teacher involved in the incident to leave the room for approximately 20 minutes before other teachers were able to talk him out of harming anyone.
“No one was injured in the incident,” Neighbors said.
The decision on disciplinary action concerning Ingram will have to wait for now, Neighbors said.
“Right now, we’re assisting police with their criminal investigation,” Neighbors said. “Once that is finalized, we’ll proceed according to the school system’s disciplinary policy.
“We certainly understand the emotion involved in this situation, but will not tolerate an incident like this and will deal with this matter in a severe way,” Neighbors said.