EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Effingham County High School was placed on lockdown Thursday for the second time this week.
Investigators say a 16-year-old Effingham High student reported to administration that he had received a threat on Snapchat. Investigators deemed the story proved to be totally false, however, during the lockdown, another student came forward and showed administration a different Snapchat conversation that actually contained a threat, thinking it was the reason the school was on lockdown. That threat was traced back to 19-year-old Noah Gordon. When interviewed, Gordon said he was just kidding around, but admitted to sending it.
Both boys have been arrested and charged with disrupting a public school and transmitting a false public alarm. The juvenile is also charged with false report of a crime. Gordon has an additional charge of terroristic threats.
Effingham County investigators say when copy-cats report fake threats or send threats from a fake social media account, they cause a ripple effect in the county. Every available deputy, including the sheriff, respond to the school to make sure the students are safe. School is disrupted and other students are frightened.
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office says they investigate every threat and take each and every one of them seriously.