Student threatened to shoot up high school, kicked assistant principal, police say

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Booze on campus was followed by a kick to the groin and a threat to shoot up one of the top academic high schools in Georgia.

Cellphone video emailed to Channel 2 Cobb County Bureau Chief Chris Jose shows the moment a Walton High School student kicked an assistant principal on Aug. 6.

Ty Holder, 17, is currently at the Cobb County jail with no bond, charged with several crimes, including terroristic threats, alcohol possession on public school grounds, battery of a teacher and simple battery of an officer.

Holder had a water bottle filled with alcohol and showed up for class drunk last week, the Cobb County School District Police Department said. When an assistant principal confronted him during second period, police said, the teen kicked the administrator in the groin.


According to an arrest warrant made public on Monday, Holder made "specific threats to get a gun and come back to the school" to kill the assistant principal and a school police officer. He later said, "When I get out, I'm going to get a gun and come back and kill everyone."

Jail records show deputies picked up the 17-year old at a Dunwoody treatment center that specializes in mental health. Holder was booked on Saturday morning.

Jose got a copy of the notification Walton's principal sent to parents on Aug. 6.

The email said, in part, "Earlier today there was a student related incident that took place in our school that some our students may have witnessed. That situation has been resolved and student involved is in the care of medical professionals. The school day is proceeding as it normally does and our community is hard at work teaching and learning."

A district spokesperson sent the following statement to Jose on Monday afternoon:

"Staff in all Cobb Schools are trained in prevention and intervention best practices and care about the welfare of every student in the District. Walton High School staff responded quickly and appropriately and did what they have been trained to do: prioritize every student's safety while keeping the focus on teaching and learning."

Jose learned Tuesday morning that Holder will head back to a mental health facility for treatment.