Douglas Fredrick Powell, 23, “made statements to at least two school administrators that he was dissatisfied with a certain group of students,” according to Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens. “He said there was only one of two ways he could handle it. He could kill them all outright, or kill them one at a time.”
Giddens said the college was proactive in their reaction to the situation, especially in light of the recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and other recent mass shootings.
The case was investigated by the District Attorney’s Office and the Talladega Police Department. Powell was arrested just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, without incident.
Bond was set at $40,000, Giddens said.
Making a terrorist threat is a Class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.
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(Updated) The original version of this story identified Powell as a student at the Talladega College. A spokesman for the college has notified The Daily Home that he is a former student.