CHIPLEY - A Washington County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer responded to Kate Smith Elementary school after receiving reports of verbal threats, on August 28, just before time to release students.

Jonathan Allen, 32, of Chipley, who was reportedly estranged from a mother whose child attended the school, had been recently removed from the list of persons authorized to pick up the child from school.

As school personnel advised Allen that he would not be permitted to pick up the child he became very agitated. While leaving the premises, several people stated they heard Allen swearing and yelling while threatening to “blow the school up and kill everyone in it”.

Principal Burdeshaw immediately reported the incident to the SRO unit and a felony warrant for Allen’s arrest was obtained shortly after.

Allen was arrested and charged with threatening to discharge a deadly device. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.

“All threats will be taken seriously by our office,” said Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews.

“I want to make it clear that these types of improper actions or statements that involve our schools or children will not be tolerated on any level.”

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing