RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A student has been arrested after a threat on social media put Butler High School and the Academy of Richmond County on lockdown Thursday morning. The school system increased security at both schools, and were not initially allowing parents to pick up their children as they investigated.
FOX 54 has confirmed with the Richmond County School System that the image below is a photo of the social media threat that has the two schools on lock-down.
Richmond County School System held a press conference at 11:30 a.m., where they announced that a female student had been arrested. The student admitted to making the threat on social media using a spoofing app. She is being charged with disrupting a public school. She is confirmed to be a student in Richmond County but does not attend either Butler High School or the Academy of Richmond County. Other students that may have been involved in the prank may also face charges.
Sheriff Richard Roundtree also spoke at the press conference, discussing the state of the sheriff’s office’s investigation and addressing concerns from parents about not being allowed to pick up their students. Sheriff Roundtree says that parents showing up to the school can cause confusion and hinder to the investigation. He asks parents to let the sheriff’s office and school system conduct their investigation to determine if the threat is credible.
Butler High School and Academy of Richmond County will see increased security over the next couple of days.