Former Coweta student in Savannah arrested for threat, another removed from Northgate for social media threat

Former Coweta student in Savannah arrested for threat, another removed from Northgate for social media threat

 

A former Coweta County student is in custody in Savannah after making terroristic threats toward Coweta schools. Meantime, a Northgate High School student was removed from school after posting an online threat involving a shooting.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said officials at 9:35 a.m. on March 2 were notified by the Newnan Police Department that the caller who made threats to Coweta County schools was taken into custody with the assistance of law enforcement in Savannah.

“The individual was a former Coweta County School System student. The individual will be charged with making terroristic threats,” said Jackson.

Jackson said the school system earlier in the day on March 2 advised parents that local law enforcement notified school officials that they were investigating what they believe is a prank call regarding school shootings. The call referenced Coweta schools in general and Evans Middle school in particular. At this point, law enforcement did not believe the call to be credible, and has not advised closing schools.

Jackson said that, out of an abundance of caution, Coweta County will operate with additional security measures at schools throughout the day.

In another issue related to school safety, it was on March 1 that Northgate High School Principal Ken Kesselring issued a letter to parents pertaining to an investigation at the school.

Kesselring said school authorities at 10:25 a.m. on March 1 were made aware of a social media post containing a picture of a gun and referencing a shooting at Northgate High.

“School officials and school resource officers were able to immediately identify the student that posted the threat. The student has been removed from campus. Appropriate disciplinary action is being taken,” Kesselring said. “Posts of this nature can have lifelong consequences for students. Please take this opportunity to remind student to think before they post.”