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Fitzgerald student makes school threat using social media

A 15-year-old student at Fitzgerald High School was arrested for making a school threat. (Source:WALB) A 15-year-old student at Fitzgerald High School was arrested for making a school threat. (Source:WALB)
Sgt. Jeffrey Sandiford, School Resource Officer (Source:WALB) Sgt. Jeffrey Sandiford, School Resource Officer (Source:WALB)
The 15-year-old used his Snapchat to make the school threat. (Source:WALB) The 15-year-old used his Snapchat to make the school threat. (Source:WALB)
FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) -

Administrators at Fitzgerald High School expect everything to be back to normal Friday after a threat of violence led to rumors of a shooter on campus Thursday.Officers arrested one student.The Fitzgerald High School Resource officer says that threat was no joking matter, leaving both students and parents worried.

Lunch time at Fitzgerald High School turned into chaos when law enforcers arrested a 15-year-old student for making threats to shoot up his school.

"I was just in class and one of my friends came in and was like there's a lot of police outside and I went outside and looked and it was a lot of them out there,” said Buck Lundy, Student.

"Around lunch today I received information that we may have an active shooter incident on campus,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Sandiford, School Resource Officer.

That turned out to be a false alarm. The school's Resource Officer says the student made the threats on his Snapchat Wednesday night.

"Stating that he would possibly shoot the school up today,” said Sgt. Sandiford. “We identified that student, he was removed from the classroom."

The threat surprised some students.

"I was like wow,” said Tyree Pryor, Student. “I didn't really know what to say or do."

The student had no weapon. Law enforcers were notified about the threat from students.

"Some of them were scared a lot of parents were coming checking the students out,” said Sgt. Sandiford.

Several hundred students were checked out of school, including James Graham.

"My mom called me in class and she was like what's going on, what happened,” said James Graham, Student. “I had no clue at first."

Sgt. Sandiford has a message for students urging them to be careful as to how they use social media.

"I'd just like for kids to know that you need to be careful what you say on social media,” said Sgt. Sandiford. “ It can get you in trouble."

The 15-year-old is charged as a juvenile with terroristic threats and acts and Disruption of Public School. He's been suspended for 10 days pending a tribunal hearing.The case has been turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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