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Eastside High receives bomb threat
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Bomb threat hoax called in to Eastside High Sept. 11 story here.

Early Wednesday morning Eastside High School received a bomb threat against the school, via email to Principal Jeff Cher.

At approximately 7:10 a.m. the building was cleared. It was reopened at 7:40 a.m.

According to Newton County School System Director of Public Relations Sherri Davis-Viniard, law enforcement was immediately notified and a thorough search of the building was conducted. Members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office, and Newton County Fire Department checked the interior and exterior of the school, not finding anything.

"No students or employees were allowed inside the building until it was confirmed that the school was safe and that the threat was a hoax," Davis-Viniard said.

As a precautionary measure the NCSO met with administrators from other schools, and again met with negative results, according to NCSO Sgt. Michael Cunningham.

Wednesday's threat is the second to NCSS in less than a month, with Alcovy High School receiving a threat Sept. 11.

According to Cunningham, such a threat is classified as "transimitting false public alarm and terroristic threats" and can bring a penalty of a $1,000 fine and/or imprisonment off no less than one year and no more than five years. 

The Eastside High case has been turned over to investigators, who are currently following up on all leads. The NCSO urges anyone who has information to call the criminal investigation unit at 678-625-1400.