UPDATE: Both lockdowns have been lifted, according to a tweet by the school system and the NCSO.
A male student from Alcovy told his mother Monday, Sept. 8 there would be a bomb threat at Alcovy on Sept. 11, according to NCSO Sgt. Morrison. When the mother asked who made the threat, the boy was unable to give more information.
Two female Liberty students, one of whom was the Alcovy student's sister, were talking about the threat at school and told an adult, explaining there was a bomb threat at South Salem Elementary School, Liberty and Alcovy on Facebook. School administration then placed the schools on soft lockdown, and the resrouce officers were notified.
When the girls were questioned, they were asked to pull up the Facebook page that posted the threat but were unable to find anything, concluding the threat was a hoax.
No students were in harm at any point, Morrison said. She was unsure if charges will be filed.
Alcovy High School and Liberty Middle School received a bomb threat and were under lockdown the morning of Sept. 11, 2014, according to Newton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cortney Morrison.
Local law enforcement was investigating an online threat to the schools, according to Sherri Davis-Viniard, Newton County School System (NCSS) director of public relations.
South Salem Elementary School was on soft lockdown, but that lockdown has since been canceled.
“Under lockdown conditions, no one may enter or exit the building. Students also remain in their classrooms during the lockdown. As soon as we receive an all clear from local law enforcement, the lockdown will be lifted and parents will be notified by a second school messenger call. Please know that student safety is our number one concern,” Davis-Viniard said.
NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey said no one is in imminent danger. She and NCSS Deputy Superintendent of Schools Craig Lockhart were not in the district for conferences and are both on their way back to Newton County.
Check back in for updates as they come in.