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Modified lockdown at Swainsboro HS

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SWAINSBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Dogs sniffed around Swainsboro High School and police checked backpacks after the school went into lockdown late Thursday morning. Nothing turned up during the searches and lockdown. 

Swainsboro Police Chief Randy Ellison said the school went on lockdown after rumors that a student planned to bring a gun in retaliation for something that happened Wednesday with another student.

The District Attorney's Office for the Middle Circuit of Georgia, Chatham County Sheriff's Office, and Treutlen County Sheriff's Office K-9 units capable of detecting fire arms and explosive devices were called in to assist.

After authorities thoroughly searched the school, no weapon or firearm was found and no witness has come forward to say that they actually saw a weapon. The search took approximately three hours.

Law enforcement discovered that gang activity among students motivated the rumor.

Five juvenile students were arrested and will face charges related to gang affiliation.

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