12-year-old threatens to ‘shoot up’ Claxton Elementary, school officials say

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Claxton Elementary School officials quickly identified the student responsible for a threatening message written on a bathroom mirror Thursday afternoon.

According to Evans County School Superintendent Martin Waters, the message read “I’m going to shoot up this school.”

Waters said within minutes of notification of the threat, administrators reviewed video surveillance and identified a 12-year-old 5th-grade boy as the student responsible.

Campus officers quickly apprehended and searched the student “with no findings.” The threat was determined to be a copycat of recent events in a neighboring county.

Waters said the student will be prosecuted to the fullest extent, issuing the following statement:

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. In addition, we will pursue permanent removal of the students from our school system. Parents, please continue to impress upon your children that they will be held accountable for their actions. Together we will ensure safe learning environments for our children.

In Chatham County Thursday morning, New Hampstead High School was evacuated following a report of a bomb threat which was found to be not credible.

It’s unclear if this threat prompted the copycat in Evans County.

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