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Father held on million dollar bond after allegedly bringing gun to son's school

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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - Limestone County Authorities have increased the bond of Thomas Brian Smoak to one-million dollars after he was arrested for having a weapon on his son's school grounds and making terrorist threat

School officials say security measures worked perfectly Tuesday after an incident on the last day of the school year at Athens High School.

A staff called Athens Police and said they had received a phone call informing them the father of one of their students was on his way to the school with a shotgun.

Superintendent Dr. Orman Bridges said 51-year-old Thomas Brian Smoak of Athens was apparently upset that his son, a 9th grader, was suspended for the beginning of the next school year for the use of inappropriate language.

The school went into its defensive mode after Principal Chris Bolen got a tip the father was headed to the campus. Police were called and arrived at Athens High School within minutes.

The father's vehicle was spotted pulling onto school grounds, then immediately leaving the campus.

Officers followed Smoak and took him into custody off campus.

Smoak got out of the vehicle, but would not corporate with officers. Officers quickly gained control of the subject.

Police said they found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun in the vehicle. The shotgun was loaded with seven rounds of 00 buck ammunition. There were also 3 rounds of the same ammunition in Smoak's pocket.

Smoak was arrested for having a weapon on school grounds and making a terrorist threat. He was booked at the city jail and transferred to the county jail.

"You hate to come to a school for a situation like this, it could have been a lot worse. We are blessed and lucky that this didn't get any worse than it did today," said Cpt. Floyd Johnson of the Athens Police.

There were no injuries in this incident.

"You want to just wind it down with a good note, but this one kind of ends with a bad taste in your mouth this time," said Superintendent Bridges.

"It's one of those things you never look forward to as an administrator," said Dr. Bridges. "I'm certainly glad the police were there."

No classes were disrupted.

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