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2 Decatur students expelled over threats

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Officials said the boys threatened each others' lives on social media. Officials said the boys threatened each others' lives on social media.
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Two Decatur City Schools students have been thrown out of school because they were threatening to kill each other on social media.

One of the boys, a 16-year-old, was a sophomore at Decatur High School. The other, a 14-year old seventh grader, went to Oak Park Middle School. The school system's safety supervisor, Dwight Satterfield, said they were sending messages to each other on social media, threatening to kill each other. The boys were claiming gang affiliations.

Police got involved, and after talking to the boys and some of their friends, Decatur City Schools Board of Education members decided the dispute posed a real threat they feared could spill onto school property.

"We were able to determine that they gave specific information as how and where they were going to do harm to each other. So we took this a little bit serious. It went beyond someone just making an off the cuff statement," Satterfield said.

The boys are expelled for the rest of this year and for the 2014-15 school year. In the meantime, they could enroll in the Morgan County System of Services program, which is free of charge. That is not mandatory, and the decision will be left to their families.

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