BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Statesboro High School was on a soft lockdown Thursday after an alleged threat against the school originated on social media.
The threat, by an anonymous person claiming to be a student, said they planned to begin shooting at noon because they’d been suspended from school.
According to the Bulloch County School District, the school day continued but movement was limited within the building.
Bulloch County Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson says the school system has a zero-tolerance policy for any disruptions to the district’s safe learning environments.
The superintendent had two messages in a news conference - they take any threat seriously and they need parents to help them not make a tense situation even worse.
District leaders say they take even the most off-hand comment of violence as a potential threat and they and law enforcement will investigate to find the person who made this one or others.
“Maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment for all of our students is a top priority for Bulloch County Schools. I also want to remind everyone that we have a zero-tolerance approach to threats against our schools. We will prosecute individuals to the fullest extent of the law for threats against our schools and individuals. As well as we will seek their permanent removal from our school system,” said Wilson.
The school district is encouraging any students or adults who have information about threats or suspicious or criminal behavior to contact law enforcement or school and district administrators.
Wilson also wanted to remind parents that the safety policy asks parents not to come to the outside of the school. They could be making themselves a target, and bringing the students outside makes them a target. He empathizes with their concern but promised they’re safer inside than outside. He said they’re working with law enforcement to find the person who posted the threat.
The school says there will be extra law enforcement on campus on Friday.