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Topix Threat Suspect, Cody Vaughn, Speaks Out

By Ben Rainwater
By brainwater@wbbjtv.com

MCNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. - After 43 days in the McNairy County jail, Cody Vaughn is out and is apologizing for the threat that landed him there.

"I just want to apologize to everybody, especially the students, the parents, and the faculty members of Adamsville High School for the fear and panic I caused on that day," Cody Vaughn said.

Vaughn admits to posting a message about a potential shooting at the school in September on the website Topix.com. The 21-year-old said he just wanted to see how people would react, never thinking he would be arrested.

"I never thought that they (law enforcement) would track me down," Vaughn said. "I never thought that my name would be revealed or anything would come out of it. I mean it was...I didn't mean anything about it."

Vaughn is charged with harassment, filing a false police report, and threatening a school official. Thursday, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and had his $1 million bond dropped to $5,000. Now, a grand jury will decide if he should stand trial.

McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck said after several weeks in jail, Cody began to realize the seriousness of the situation and started taking responsibility for his actions. Regardless, he is stuck dealing with the ramifications of that post.

"I'm just getting my life back in order and definitely not making this mistake again, and just trying to get back in school, get my daughter back, and start life over," Vaughn said.

If indicted, Vaughn will go back before a judge in February.