Candler Co. Sheriff’s Office arrests 2 juveniles in connection to school threat made on social media

Candler Co. Sheriff’s Office arrests 2 juveniles in connection to school threat made on social media

CANDLER COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Candler County Sheriff’s Office arrested two juveniles on Tuesday in connection to threats made to a school on social media.

The threat led to hundreds of Candler County parents keeping their students out of school on Monday. A post spread overnight warning that someone in Metter planned to start shooting at 10:30 a.m. at Metter High School.

Candler County Sheriff Miles enhanced security at the school on Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday afternoon investigators arrest a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old in connection to the post. Both have been charged with Terroristic Threats, Conspiracy to commit a crime and Disrupting the Operation of a Public School.

Sheriff John Miles said, “I hold the safety of our community, including the schools, as a top priority. When I was notified about the online threat, my investigators were already working the case. I would like to commend our investigators and those who assisted in the investigation of this complex case. They did an outstanding job. Behavior such as this will not be tolerated. Those involved in such crimes can expect to be held accountable.”

Sheriff Miles said they had help from internet service providers and social media companies. He also thanked some of the agencies who worked with them, including Candler County Emergency Management Agency, Candler County Board of Education, Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center, US Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Statesboro Police Department, Emanual County Sheriff’s Office, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office, Evans County Sheriff’s Office and others.

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