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Man accused of Wauka Mountain school threat faces more charges
Thomas Shannon Bruce
Thomas Shannon Bruce

A Clermont man accused of a threat Wednesday, Sept. 5, to “shoot up” Wauka Mountain Elementary School is facing more charges from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Shannon Bruce, 35, called the school to ask about checking his child out of class  though he was not authorized to do so, according to Hall County Schools’ spokesman Gordon Higgins.

The sheriff’s office said Bruce allegedly then called his wife “and told her he was coming to shoot up the school,” according to a news release sent Wednesday.

Bruce’s wife, who has not been named by law enforcement, then called the school, which alerted law enforcement.
The school was on lockdown Wednesday morning.

Bruce was originally charged with felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor disruption of a public school, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Derreck Booth said Bruce was charged Thursday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Bruce was never on school grounds Wednesday. The charges stemmed from a domestic dispute with his estranged wife over child custody.

Bruce was arrested without incident at his home on Clermont Highway and booked into Hall County Jail.

Nick Bowman contributed to this report.

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