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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man has been arrested after he threatened that a daycare would get shot up on Tuesday afternoon, police say.

It happened at Brilliant Minds Learning Academy in Parkway Village around 3 p.m. 

According to police, Jarvis Stiger went to the daycare to ask about care services for his children when they say he became upset when he was told about the orientation process.

He then allegedly began making threats— stating that he was a gang member and would call people to come to the daycare and shoot it up.

After he was taken into custody, police say he then began to make threats to shoot officers.

It was later discovered Stiger had mental issues – he told officers he was diagnosed as schizoaffective.

The actions of the director of a daycare may have thwarted a man’s attempt to cause harm to the children and staff inside.

The manager said when she realized something was off, she immediately pressed the panic button and kept the man talking until police arrived. That button initiated the “lockdown protocol” — which notifies MPD and alerts staff about potential threats.

Brilliant Minds Learning Academy released this statement:

The parent never made contact with our scholars and never made it past our front desk.

Due to this situation, our security has extended their hours to met the needs of our scholars and parents. Brilliant Minds Learning Academy would like to thank MPD for their fast response and we would also like to thank our staff for ensuring everyone was safe.

Patricia Lane, Director
Brilliant Minds Learning Academy

He was arrested and charged with the commission act of terrorism.