A 44-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night, hours after workers at an elementary school say he asked a number of frightening questions about school security.
Ronald Jay Miller, a local resident and father of a student at the school, is facing a third-degree felony charge of making a terroristic threat.
At 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Miller entered Celina Elementary School and "conducted his own drill to test the school's response to an active shooter situation," according to Sgt. Shea Scott with Celina police.
Miller did not display a weapon, police said, but his aggressive actions and alarming statements "created panic and fear" among the school staff. Police got a warrant for his arrest and took him into custody at his home at 9:45 p.m.
Parents of other students are furious because they never got any warning, and the school never declared a lockdown.
"My son attends kindergarten at Celina Elementary School," one angry parent emailed to FOX 4. "We were NOT notified of this whatsoever! I found out today via FACEBOOK!"
Miller is being held in lieu of a $75,000 bond. He was a former volunteer firefighter with the Celina Fire Department, but has not been with the department since 2011, according to Deputy Chief Kyle Mills.
Many in the community knew Miller after his teenaged daughter Ashley developed a rare form of cancer in 2010. Several Celina organizations organized blood drives and fundraisers to help the girl, who died in July 2011.
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