Parent charged in online threat against student

A 35-year-old Brown County man has been charged with intimidation after police say he threatened a high school student on social media for bullying his child.

Rockford A. Mobley, of Three Story Hill Road, was charged Sept. 29 with a Class A misdemeanor.

This situation caused all three of the Nashville school campuses to go on “secured facility” status Sept. 1, meaning no one could leave or enter the schools.

Police received a call that morning from Brown County High School reporting that threats were made by a parent to another student, according to a probable-cause affidavit by Nashville Police Assistant Chief Tim True.

The student told the assistant principal that a girl on the bus showed her a screenshot of a Facebook post made by Mobley. The post included a photo of the student and a threatening message, including mention of Mobley being in the woods with a .50 caliber rifle with a scope.

The student told police she did not know Mobley’s child personally, only from school. The student said she did not have any issues with Mobley’s child, the affidavit states.

The Facebook post was made at 8:19 p.m. Aug. 14. Deputy Prosecutor Andy Szkalay and True determined there was no immediate threat since the post was two weeks old at the time, the affidavit states.

Superintendent Laura Hammack requested a no-trespass order for Mobley. The schools remained on secured status until the order was delivered in person that day.

Mobley denied making the post. He said his kids have access to his phone and must have done it, according to the affidavit.

He showed police that there was no password protection on his phone. Mobley let True look at his Facebook page. When True asked him why he didn’t see the threatening post when he posted something else a few hours later, Mobley said he didn’t know, the affidavit said.