No real threats found after three Coastal Empire schools went on lock down

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - At least three schools were on lockdown Friday, two days after a shooting at a high school in Broward County, FL, left 17 dead and the rest of the U.S. on edge.

  • Islands High School was placed on lockdown Friday morning after a receipt for the purchase of ammunition was found in a trash can. The lockdown was lifted after it was determined there was no threat to the school. A student told school officials the receipt was for an upcoming hunting trip with their parents.
  • Windsor Forest High School was placed on a soft lockdown after a threatening call was made to the front office. After an investigation, the school determined the phone call was not a legitimate threat; however, officials plan to leave a soft lockdown in place for the rest of the day.
  • Liberty County High School was placed on lockdown after a threatening Instagram post named the school as a potential target. According to school officials, the posted threat only stated "Liberty campus," not specifically the Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Georgia.

No real threats were found at any of the three schools.

Shelia Blanco, Public Information Manager for Savannah Chatham Schools, says the school system takes all threats and suspicious reports seriously.

"Unfortunately, some people think it's a joke. It certainly isn't funny to us. And certainly, after a reminder of what happened in Florida this week, no one has a sense of humor about that right now. But it does happen and they take the same exact same steps every time because the safety and security of our students and our school facilities is a top priority," Blanco said.

Both school systems say classes will resume as normal on Monday, Feb. 19.

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