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Student arrested for threats at Southeast Bulloch High School
16-year-old girl accused of threatening other students

Note: The following story has been corrected to indicate Hayley Greene made the Facebook post on the Southeast Bulloch High School website.

Bulloch County sheriff's investigators are continuing to look into alleged threats made Friday by a Southeast Bulloch High School student to harm other students.

A 16-year-old girl was arrested late Friday night, hours after Hayley Greene, the public relations and market specialist for Bulloch County Schools, posted on the school's Facebook site about the incident.

At 7:38 p.m. Friday, Greene's post stated that there had been an arrest. However, at that time, Bulloch County sheriff's Capt. Todd Hutchens told the Statesboro Herald there had been no arrest but that the teen's parents were bringing her to the Sheriff's Office for questioning.

After further investigation, the teen was charged late Friday night with terroristic threats and disrupting a public school, according to a statement released Monday by Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.

Neither Greene nor Brown specified what the threats entailed, but no student was found with a gun, Greene said. Hutchens said the girl threatened to "kill someone," but "no one could provide the name of a person she directed her statement to and no method was stated by the juvenile."

Greene's statement posted on Facebook read: "A SEBHS student was arrested tonight for making threats. No gun was involved in the investigation or arrest. I repeat, no gun was involved.

"We continue to appreciate the support of local law enforcement as we respond immediately to all information that affects the safety of our SEBHS family.

"Again, we ask everyone to remain diligent but honest and accurate in the information you share with others, especially on social media."

Brown's statement read, in part: "SEBHS School Resource Officer Ross Newman received a report of a 16-year-old girl making threats against other students during school hours."

The threats were made against students, not the school. After her arrest, the student was released and the case was forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice and to the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office, he said.

The incident at Southeast Bulloch High School on Friday followed a similar case at Statesboro High School on Thursday.

There, a teenage girl told an administrator she had seen a threat against the school or students posted on social media and had shown the post to her mother. However, a call to the girl's mother revealed that she had not shown any post to her, and the girl admitted to school officials and police that she made the story up, according to reports.

Brown said any and all threats or false reports will be prosecuted.

"Threats of any type will not be tolerated," he said. "The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office will aggressively investigate and act on all reports of threats against students, teachers, administrators or a school and take the appropriate action according to the laws of the State of Georgia."

That includes "fabricating information or false reports," he said. "We continue to encourage the 'see something, say something' position and will act accordingly with all reports."

Anyone with information about this case or any threats is asked to contact the school resource officer assigned to the school in question or call the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office at (912) 764-8888.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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