SCCPSS: Social media threat against schools ‘a hoax’

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) says a threat that was circulating on social media has been determined as unfounded and is not a credible threat.

The social media alleged threat mentions the schools as “IHS” and JHS.”

Wednesday morning, in precaution of the alleged threat, SCCPSS increased security presence at three schools; Islands High School, Jenkins High School and Johnson High School.

SCCPSS says after a multi-agency investigation and in cooperation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the message has been determined as a hoax and has been circulating across many other school districts in Georgia. 

SCCPSS says the additional safety measures that were put in place Wednesday will remain in effect throughout the school day. 

Read the latest official statement from SCCPSS below:

Last evening, we became aware of a social media post making threatening remarks in a message that appeared to be directed at our school.  The message caused concern for two other high schools in the district as well.  The post was immediately reported to Campus Police and in tandem with other local police agencies they began an investigation.  Officers have been working overnight and this morning to determine the source of the message.  After a multi-agency investigation and in cooperation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the message has been determined as a hoax and has been circulating across many other school districts in Georgia.  Still, while the information received does not support the post as a credible threat, the additional safety measures that were put in place today will remain in effect throughout the school day.  The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.

For any of our families who decided to keep your child at home today, their assignments have been posted to ItsLearning and we ask that your child log in to stay on pace with learning today.  School remains on our regular operational schedule.  We would like to commend our students, parents, and school community for making us aware of the social media post as soon as it was viewed.  The communication and support from our students and parents enabled us to begin investigating immediately. 

Once again, the threat that was circulating on social media has been determined as unfounded and is not a credible threat. Campus Police maintains an open investigation and is working closely with other agencies including the GBI and FBI to fully investigate the matter and hold those responsible accountable.   

Please remember, that if you see anything suspicious on our school campus or become aware of any threatening message toward our school, report it immediately.  If you see something, please make sure to say something.  SCCPSS has a safety partnership through the Sandy Hook Promise that provides a 24-Hour anonymous tip line.  Information can be reported by calling 1-844-5-SAYNOW (1-844-572-9669) or by visiting https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/say-something-tips/.

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