Eastside High School was evacuated Monday morning after unknown persons left bomb threats via e-mail and voice messages to the principal, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.
Principal Bob Daria received several e-mail messages and voice messages on Sunday evening stating that they "were going to blow up Eastside High," according to the report.
The threat was reported to law enforcement authorities.
The school was evacuated while a thorough search was performed Monday morning, said NCSO spokesperson Investigator Sharron Stewart, but nothing was detected.
"We have received threats against schools in the past and we take every one of them seriously," said Sherri Viniard, spokesperson for the Newton County School System. "We want to ensure the safety of our students and employees."
There were several bomb threats reported this school year, said Stewart.
Making such a threat is considered a felony and carries with it the penalty of possible time in prison.
Stewart said the NCSO was investigating the matter and following up on leads.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the NCSO at (770) 786-7605. Anonymous tips can be left online at
www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "Anonymous Tip," or by calling (678) 625-5007.
In a separate incident later that day, a juvenile was arrested at Eastside for a felony aggravated assault in the boy's locker room. The victim was struck in the head several times with a padlock, according to the NCSO report.