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5 Swainsboro teens remain in detention center


Five teens arrested in connection with Swainsboro High School being locked down on Thursday will remain in a youth detention center until their next hearing.

At approximately 10 a.m. Feb. 7, a Swainsboro High School administration staff member was alerted to the possibility of a student being on school property with a handgun, according to Emanuel County School Superintendent Erma Jenkins.

In compliance with Board of Education protocol, law enforcement was contacted, the student was isolated and the school was placed on lockdown. The Swainsboro Police Department and the Emanuel County Sheriff's Office responded. They discovered that gang activity among students motivated the rumor. No weapon or firearm was found after a thorough search of the school.

They appeared before Juvenile Court Judge Sherri McDonald on Monday for their preliminary detention hearing.

After hearing evidence presented by sheriff's investigators and Swainsboro police detectives, the judge ordered them to stay in the detention center.

Anyone with information about the case can call 478.237.6360 or the Swainsboro Police Dept. at 478.237.8967.

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