CLAXTON, GA (WTOC) - A reported threat at Claxton High School illustrates the challenge schools and law officers face in separating real threats from the rest.
Thursday afternoon, one student overheard others speculating about which classmate might start a shooting. The student reported it to authorities. Police and school leaders questioned everyone involved. They say officers everywhere must investigate each and every perceived threat that is reported, even things said as a joke.
"People see or hear things and they make a report. We do want them to report anything they hear," said Chief Dale Kirkland, Claxton Police Department. "We're going to look into every lead we can, even just from them saying it. We want kids to understand they can't just walk around saying things like this.'
Chief Kirkland says they don't believe there is any immediate threat from this reported case, but they're continuing to investigate.
This updated was posted to the Evans County Schools Facebook page: