THOMASVILLE — If a toy gun looks like the real thing to a victim, it's the real thing.
So said Thomasville Police Capt. Maurice Holmes.
Parents reported to the MacIntyre Park Middle School resource officer Monday that their 15-year-old son was threatened on social media.
"We received the video, and there were, in fact, threats made," said Holmes, Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division commander.
Two people made threats in the video, but only one had a firearm.
When the males in the video were interviewed, it was learned the firearm, a handgun, was not real but a replica. Holmes said an orange mark that identified the handgun as a toy had been removed.
The 17-year-old suspect, Michale Anthony Greene, was in possession of the handgun replica at Thomasville High School on Friday, Holmes said. The replica discharges plastic BBs.
Greene and the 15-year-old suspect in the video are charged with terroristic threats against another teenager. Greene also is charged with having a firearm in his book bag at school.
Holmes said the video threats were made from a local fast food restaurant.
Greene was transported to the Thomas County Jail and released on his own recognizance. The juvenile was referred to Thomas County Juvenile Court.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820