After the Parkland, Florida school shooting, several Northwest Georgia schools respond to threats of violence.
Allie Crain, Viking Fusion Assistant News Producer
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, Floyd County officials have been investigating recent threats of violence concerning schools in the county.
All Model schools took extra security measures Thursday after an investigation on a threat of violence at Model Middle School, according to Floyd County School Board Chairman Chip Hood. The threat was reported to Model administration, Floyd County Police and the Superintendent’s office. After investigating the threat, it was determined to be non-credible. Parents of Model High, Middle and Elementary students were notified of the incident, and Scott Savage, Principal at Model High School, stated in a social media post that administration will continue to monitor the situation.
In Chattooga County on Tuesday, a 16-year-old student defaced a Chattooga High School bathroom with a threatening message. The message was reported and investigated by the Sherriff’s Office and the School Resource Officer. The school was never placed on lockdown, and the threat is thought to have been an attempt to dismiss school early. The student was charged with disruption of public schools.
A similar message was found in the women’s bathroom at Chattooga High School the next day, Feb. 22. The message allegedly threatened violence in school for Thursday. Chattooga County Superintendent Jim Lenderman said school will open on Thursday but, according to The Summerville News, Lenderman and Principal Jeff Martin said they understood if parents did not send their children to school.
Students are being encouraged to report any threats or rumors to their school’s administration.