UPDATE: Former student arrested after threatening Millington Central High

Jamal Smith
Jamal Smith
Click here to read a letter about the incident that Shelby County Schools sent to parents.
Click here to read a letter about the incident that Shelby County Schools sent to parents.

(WMC-TV) - Millington Central High School was placed on lock down Monday after former student posted a threat on Facebook.

After a brief search, Jamal Smith, 19, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of making threats.

Early Monday morning, Smith wrote a series of threatening posts on his Facebook wall. In one post, Smith wrote, "I think I'm gonna take my rampage out on millington high school cause that's where I got most people who didn't like me in my whole career of school," he wrote.

In another post, Smith wrote, "My life is ******* gone I'm thinking bout ******* killing people for no reason at all I feel that I have nothing to lose now..."

Smith included the names of students, former students, and staff on what appeared to be a hit list. School officials put Millington Central on lock down until police in Memphis were able to track Smith down at a Whitehaven apartment complex.

"Facebook is not a toy or a game to be played," Shelby County Schools spokesperson Mike Tebbe said. "When you put threats on it, we take it seriously."

A letter was sent home with students explaining what happened. District officials credited police in Memphis and Millington, along with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, with quickly identifying Smith and locating him.

Officials have not said what prompted Smith to make the online threats, but previous posts on his wall described sadness about a recent family member's health problems.

Late Monday afternoon, Smith was still being questioned.

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