STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – A student has been arrested for allegedly threatening Statesboro High School on Wednesday.
According to the Statesboro Police Department, a note written by the 14-year-old male indicated that a bomb had been hidden in the school.
A staff member found the note in a classroom and around 9:15 a.m., notified school resources officers, police said. By 11 a.m., Bulloch County Schools announced a lockdown at the school due to a “possible safety threat.”
Law enforcement officials were called in to conduct a sweep of the campus, including Statesboro Police’s SWAT Team and K9 units from Chatham County agencies.
An earlier update from the school district indicated the lockdown could extend through the entire day. But by 1 p.m., Bulloch County Schools announced the investigation had been completed and normal school operations would continue.
“A thorough search of the entirety of the high school was conducted with no suspicious devices located,” police stated.
The student faces charges of terroristic threats and disrupting a public school. He has been taken to the Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center, police said.
“Thank you for your cooperation and support,” a statement from Bulloch County Schools reads, in part. “We continue to appreciate the swift response and cooperation of all local and area law enforcement including the Statesboro Police Department, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Southern Police Department, Savannah Chatham County Schools Police Department, and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.”