Ragland police chief clarifies details of case involving student charged with making terrorist threat

RAGLAND – Police Chief James “Bubba” Brown called the St. Clair Times on Wednesday morning to clarify some of the events leading up to the alleged terrorist threat of violence made against a Ragland High teacher.

Brown said it was at 2:30 p.m. Monday that 19-year-old Remington Blake Lovell was charged with making a terrorist threat after his girlfriend would not respond to text messages he had been sending her.

“After looking over the police report again, the girlfriend did not run from Lovell” as initially reported, Brown said. “The two were in separate classrooms. When she failed to respond to Lovell’s texts, he asked his teacher if he could be excused to go to the bathroom. While out of class, he went to his girlfriend’s classroom and knocked on the door.”

Brown said the girlfriend’s teacher already knew Lovell was upset, and when she answered the door, she did not allow him in.

“She eventually closed the door and locked it, because she was afraid he would try and come in,” Brown said. “Lovell started texting the girlfriend again while sitting outside the classroom on a bench.

“The teacher and the girlfriend were standing beside each other, and the teacher saw the texts he was sending. She also saw the text that was a terrorist threat toward her. He was still sitting there when the girlfriend’s teacher left the classroom to go to the office and report the incident and notify us.”

Brown said making a terrorist threat is a class C felony in Alabama. If found guilty, Lovell could serve one to 10 years in prison.

According to court records, Lovell’s bond was set Wednesday at $5,000.