Teen pleads not guilty to high school threats

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Allegedly sent texts threatening to ‘choke the life out’ of student, ‘have another Columbine’

By The Staff

The Lawrenceburg teen accused of sending text messages threatening to “choke the life out” of a female student and to “have another Columbine” at the Anderson County High School recently pleaded not guilty to numerous charges related to the Jan. 28 incident.
James R. Tindal, 19, of 1430 Van Buren Road, Lawrenceburg, appeared in Anderson County District Court Jan. 31 and pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, one count of second-degree terroristic threatening and 41 counts of harassing communications.
The court records do not reflect if bond was set for Tindal at the time he entered his plea.
According to a warrant for his arrest, Tindal allegedly sent text messages to a 17-year-old female student last Sunday night and stated he was going to “choke the life out of her and watch last breath leave her body through his hands.”
Tindal’s messages also said “he will throw one of his pipe bombs through her window and shoot her through her window,” according to the search warrant narrative, and that “he would go to the school and have another [expletive] Columbine.”
Lawrenceburg city police received a complaint about the threatening text messages and arrested Tindal around 3 a.m. on Jan. 28 at his residence, according to police reports.
The Anderson County School district responded to the threats by issuing a One Call notification to Emma B. Ward Elementary and Anderson County High School parents, informing them of the incident and increased security on both campuses, according to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.
Because of a possible connection to Emma B. Ward, both building were searched by a Kentucky State Police K-9 unit and secured before classes began Monday morning.
The threats came on the end of the district’s recent attempts to perform safety audits and practice lockdowns to improve schools’ security procedures and policies.
Tindal is due to appear again in district court on Feb. 7 at 9 a.m.