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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -
Every school in Colquitt County was evacuated today.
Someone called in a threat to 9-1-1.
The caller claimed there was a bomb in a school, but he didn't say which one.
Tuesday night, a suspect is in custody.
8,700 students evacuated their schools in Colquitt County Tuesday.
Parents received calls from the All Call automated system, that informed parents and guardians that there had been a bomb threat in an unnamed school in the county and they needed to pick their children up.
Ex - convict Xavier Sims is in custody and being questioned, after a man called in bomb threats to Colquitt County 911 this morning.
"Feels like he had grievance with the arresting agency, with Moultrie police department," says Cpt. John Bass, Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.
Bass says he wanted to cause the city and police department worry and stress.
"He feels like his past charges have ruined his life," says Bass.
Kortland Norman is a student at Charlie A. Gray Elementary School.
He said he had no idea why his school was being evacuated until he spoke to his friends on the bus.
"Told us we were going to be released from school early and when I got on the bus friends told me there was a bomb threat," says Kortland Norman, student.
As a precaution the school system called buses back to the schools to take children to a safe location.
Parents and guardians received a call from the All Call automated system explaining what had happened.
"There had been a bomb threat called in to 911 and all students riding bus home were going to be held in safe place away from school until parents came to pick them up," says Erin Jones, student's Aunt.
Children were moved to alternate sites close to the school, in many cases to churches.
Jones said she was worried but also felt that the school system took proper precautions.
"Yes because it is causing so much confusion and taking away school time and no because the county has taken precautions to see all kids get home safely," says Jones.
Colquitt County Superintendent Leonard McCoy apologizes for the chaotic day families had to endure but says it was unavoidable in order to ensure students' safety.
"When you have not just 8,700 children located at 14 different sites with alternate programs it took an awful lot of cooperation to get them home," says Leonard McCoy, Colquitt County Superintendent.
K-9 units from Valdosta Police department and Moody Air force base have been at the schools all day.
Bomb sniffing dogs are searching all 14 schools.
As of now, no bomb has been found.
At 3:00 PM the superintendent had a meeting with administrators at Colquitt County Schools and law enforcement to review today's activities and review what they did well and what things they can improve upon, to make their crisis plan even better next time.
School will resume as usual tomorrow.
If parents want anymore information, they can check the Colquitt County school web site for updates.