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Ga. Supreme Court to weigh whether 1st amendment protects Hall students 'Columbine' threat
Lanier Charter Career Academy student accused of making threat on Facebook in 2014
Devon Major

A former Lanier Charter Career Academy student accused of threatening to get “the chopper out and make Columbine look childish” will take his case to the Georgia Supreme Court as a First Amendment issue.

Devon Major was charged with posting that on Facebook in September 2014.

A chopper is a slang term for a gun, and the 1999 Columbine shootings killed 13 people in Littleton, Colo.

“A school resource officer saw the post and informed the principal and law enforcement,” according to the Georgia Supreme Court summary. “When officers contacted Major, he admitted posting the statement.”

Major later filed a motion to challenge his indictment because the criminal statute is “vague and overbroad,” according to the summary.

Major’s attorney Walker Rick and Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh declined to comment.

In his argument, Rick contended his client never communicated any threat of violence and made the post as “therapeutic, cathartic expression,” according to the case summary.

The state’s response to that defense was that it “overlooks the fact that threats that are intended for the speaker’s cathartic benefit impose the same amount of damage on those who would be terrorized by receiving the threat,” according to the case summary.

Major was arrested in September 2014 and was suspended from school, according to Hall County Schools. School district spokesman Gordon Higgins said Major was last enrolled at the school in September 2014.

The case will be heard Monday afternoon.

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