Sheriff’s deputies arrested a juvenile Monday who is suspected of writing a threatening message on a school bathroom wall.
Thursday, Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies and Bulloch County Schools officials were made aware of a threat to “shoot the school,” handwritten on a bathroom wall at Southeast Bulloch High School, said Capt. Todd Hutchens.
SEB principal Stephen Hoyle immediately “sent out a phone message to all parents and teachers advising of the threat,” he said.
School Resource Officer Cpl. Ross Newman launched an investigation and organized extra patrol for the school after BOE officials and sheriff’s investigators agreed it would be safe to open the school Friday.
However, according to Bulloch County Schools public relations and marketing director Hayley Greene, attendance was affected, as many students stayed home that day.
Through interviews and gathering evidence, Newman’s investigation soon led to his identifying the student responsible for the threat, Hutchens said.
The juvenile was taken to the Bulloch County Jail and booked on charges of terroristic threats.
“The case has been turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice and District Attorney’s office, who are responsible for further court proceedings” in Bulloch County Superior Court’s juvenile division.
“When students commit such acts, we will immediately contact law enforcement and the students will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law,” Greene said. “In addition, we will pursue permanent removal of the students from our school system.
“Parents, we appreciate your continued support. Please continue to impress upon your children that they will be held accountable for their actions. We, with the help of parents and law enforcement, are committed to making our schools safe and conducive learning environments.”
The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office “will investigate all threats made against the school and students, teachers or administration” and will prosecute, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.
"The safety of our students and teachers is paramount, and such threats will not be tolerated."
He also commended Newman “for his diligence in investigating this case and identifying the juvenile responsible for the threat.”
Anyone with further information about the case is asked to contact Newman at (912) 764-8888.