Burke County High School closed Friday after principal receives new email threat

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BURKE COUNTY, Ga (WJBF) – Burke County High School will be closed Friday after a new threatening email was sent to the high school principal Thursday night.

The full statement from Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams says,

We have been notified that a new threat via email was sent to the high school principal, which
read:
“This is a warning that I am plan to shoot the whole entire school up tomorrow I already have
my plan figured out but see you and the dead students tomorrow.” Unknown Shooter
The email was sent on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 4:20pm and was read by the principal
at 9:08pm.
The BCSO is working with BPS to ensure a safe learning environment for our students, staff,
faculty and community. We are actively working the case and investigating the IP address to
determine its origin. We ask that all personnel remain vigilant and to report any suspicious
activity or pertinent information to school personnel or law enforcement.
The BCSO is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s)
responsible for the threats.

Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams

Burke County Public School System posted the following message to Facebook Thursday evening,

This email is an additional threat to one sent earlier Wednesday. Wednesday, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office found that a disturbance that was supposed to happen on school grounds was moved to the Sonic Drive-In nearby.

Thursday, additional postings have indicated some form of an active shooter incident to occur.

Officials say they are taking precautionary measure, including extra police presence, to keep faculty and students safe.

Parents are also allowed to pick up their children, though law enforcement has identified the student who made the post.

Burke County School Leaders released the following statement:

“On yesterday, Burke County High School administration was alerted about an anonymous post on an app referencing something taking place at BCHS. Burke County Sheriff’s Office was contacted immediately. Additional law enforcement presence was dispatched to the campus. Upon further investigation, the post was located. Additional posts have been shared this morning, one of which contains actual lyrics from a song. School officials have additional precautionary measures in place, and BCSO will continue to provide added support.
The safety of students and staff is of the utmost importance to the Burke County School System. Parents, please rest assured that Burke County High is being closely monitored and is a safe learning environment.”

Burke County School System

All other schools in the county are running as scheduled.

No additional details are available at the time.


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