ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Nearly 200 students were taken out of class Friday morning at Turner County High School and Middle School after it was rumored a student had threatened to bring a gun to school.
Sheriff patrol cars were parking in front of Turner County Middle High School when students arrived for classes.
"I was called this morning about having some extra security at the school because of the incident that happened yesterday and the rumors that were going around," said Sheriff Hester.
Sheriff Hester said the rumor was started by a student who claimed another student was going to bring a gun to school after he abruptly left campus on Thursday. Some parents saw the rumor on social media.
"It not only caused a problem with the school system today," said Sheriff Hester. "It also disrupts the public parents leaving work coming up here early. And also it takes some credibility with a child's life."
The confusion all got started due to an argument that happened between two students.
"They speculated about oh, wonder if he might get a gun or something so it was not any credible information," said Sheriff Hester.
After talking to both students, Sheriff Hester said the student never threatened to bring a gun to school.
Sheriff Hester considers the investigation closed and added that local law enforcement and the school system will continue to do what they believe is necessary to protect all students and school staff members.
"We are going to do what we're suppose to do and make sure their kids are safe bottom line."
Sheriff Hester did say some parents brought their kids back to school when they learned there was no threat.