By HOLLI SAXON
After an “unspecified bomb threat” through social media caused Statesboro High School to be under a lockdown Monday, Statesboro Police lowered the lockdown to a soft lockdown at 1:45 p.m.
A soft lockdown was initially declared, but canines needed to search for a bomb required the school be placed under full lockdown.
Police said there is no threat of immediate danger and parents are asked to not report to the school.
In a statement released by Hayley Greene, public relations director for Bulloch County Schools: "At approximately 1:40 p.m., law enforcement removed Statesboro High from full lockdown to soft lockdown. The safety search with canine units did not reveal any potential threats.
"School administrators and law enforcement will continue to monitor school operations throughout the day. Students are safe."We appreciate the cooperation of parents and students and continue to ask for your support in the following ways during any safety situations: immediately report any suspicious or criminal behavior to law enforcement and do not share it on social media; keep lines of communication open by staying off cellular phones; and parents are encouraged to remain away from school areas during soft and hard lockdowns.
"Statesboro High School will observe a normal release and after-school schedule today."
Monday’s incident followed a soft lockdown Thursday after a Snapchat post circulated that mentioned a shooting threat.
Monday, school officials responded to a second social media threat, this time a vague reference to a bomb, said Statesboro Police Capt. Jared Akins.
Bulloch County Schools Public Relations Director Hayley Greene said SHS received the threat around 10:53 a.m. Monday. in an emailed statement, she said “Law enforcement is aware, and with their support the school has activated additional security protocols."
The school will alert parents if there is any indication of immediate danger, she said.
Although there was no immediate concern of danger, police and school officials still followed protocol, Akins said. According police radio reports, K9 teams from Chatham County responded to the school for a safety sweep Monday morning.
Also, there was a social media threat made in Metter Sunday night, said Candler County Sheriff John Miles.
Deputies were at Metter High School Monday as a security measure, but the threat did not actually mention the school, he said.
“It was a social media threat and was just towards ‘Metter.’”
The threat referred to a shooting incident. Metter High School was not placed on lockdown, he said.
The Statesboro Herald will update information as it is received.