Former Cop In Jail After Threatening Elementary School

Former Cop In Jail After Threatening Elementary School

A former west Tennessee police officer landed in jail for threats made on Facebook against other officers and an elementary school.
BOLIVAR, TN (abc24.com) - A former west Tennessee police officer landed in jail for threats made on Facebook against other officers and an elementary school. Trent Wilbanks from Bolivar is charged with two counts of harassment, and is being held on a $50,000 bond.

“They said it was a threat at the school,” said parent Drek Avent. “It was scary.”

“The school called and I said, 'Oh my gosh, that’s right next-door to me,'” said neighbor Peggy Taylor.

Wilbanks went on his Facebook rant Monday morning. The first post was to his wife, teachers at Bolivar Elementary, and to the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Department, “You best lock and load boys. ‘Cause I’m coming with a vengeance. This sh** ends “NOW”!!!” Later he wrote, “Whiteville PD and Bolivar PD, y’all better suit up! Y’all’s a coming too!!! Hardeman County fixing to be turned on its head!!!” Friends were commenting for him to calm down and his comments weren’t funny. Wilbanks also posted, “Am I raving mad? You damn right!”

“It’s probably just an emotional problem. I hope he gets better. Thank God he didn’t go on a shooting spree,” said Taylor.

But just in case, about at least a dozen police officers showed up at Bolivar Elementary School. The principal says the school wasn’t placed on lockdown, but parents were notified about the threat. Avent didn’t want to take any chances and picked up his 8-year-old cousin. “She really didn’t know anything. She just wondered why we picked her up.”

Wilbanks was a Bolivar Police officer for about a year. He was fired in August 2012. Before that, he was a Whiteville cop from 2009 to 2010. He was a deputy investigator for the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Department for 11 years. He resigned in 2009.

He’s also been charged with domestic violence against his wife. She was just charged with domestic assault in February. Wilbanks’ wife wasn’t home when we were there. The sheriff says the couple is still married but they’re going through a divorce. Parents and neighbors are just glad no one got hurt, especially innocent children.

“Threats are serious; you don’t do that, especially with kids,” said Taylor.

In another Facebook post Wilbanks made, he said he was not “threatening anyone with bodily harm” and everything was going to be settled in federal court. He will have his first day in court Tuesday morning.
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