McIntosh Co. authorities investigate possible threat of gun on campus
McIntosh County Academy front gate.
MCINTOSH CO., GA (WTOC) -
New details have been released about a safety concern Thursday morning in McIntosh County.
Authorities say a possible threat of a gun on campus was focused on McIntosh County Academy, but broadened to all schools in Darien.
McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup said they got word from another Darien Police Department in Connecticut that there was a threat online of, "bringing a gun to the high school in Darien."
That put police departments in three U.S. cities on alert. Connecticut, Illinois and Georgia all have Darien Police Departments. Authorities are trying to determine which Darien was being referenced and are talking with students and people within the communities at this time.
Police made the decision to go ahead and put all McIntosh County schools on lockdown as a safety precaution.
The McIntosh County superintendent's office said that the decision was made to send students home from classes Thursday morning and issued this statement to WTOC:
"There was a safety concern at one of the schools this morning. We have made the decision to send all children home from all McIntosh County schools today."
Parents were notified to start picking up their kids and made arrangements for some students to go home on buses.
The last of the buses with the remaining students rolled out around 4 p.m., each with an escort by police, sheriff's deputies or state patrol troopers. Others were picked up.