Student arrested in connection to threat against Butler High School and Academy of Richmond County

Student arrested in connection to threat against Butler High School and Academy of Richmond County
Richmond County Schools (WFXG)

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.

We are aware of a threat made on social media this morning toward Butler High School and the Academy of Richmond County. The RCBOE Police are currently investigating the threat and additional School Resource Officers have been dispatched to the schools which are operating under Public Safety Alert. During the course of the investigation and Public Safety Alert, parents/guardians will be unable to pick up students at Butler HS and ARC and are asked not to come to the school.
Richmond County School System

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.

This is the social media threat that has Butler High School and the Academy of Richmond County on lock-down, according to the Richmond County School System.
This is the social media threat that has Butler High School and the Academy of Richmond County on lock-down, according to the Richmond County School System.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is aware of the social media threat that has been made at Butler High School and ARC. We are assisting the Richmond County Board of Education and have placed RCSO Deputies at the schools and CID is assisting them with their investigation.
Richmond County Sheriff's Office

The school system sent says there has been a threat made against two Richmond County schools. I’m outside of Academy of Richmond County with what we know so far.

Posted by Lex Juarez WFXG on Thursday, November 15, 2018

Social media threat made towards Butler High School WFXG FOX 54

Posted by Miya Payton WFXG on Thursday, November 15, 2018

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.

Richmond County Schools and Sheriff's Office hold press conference on threats

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.

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