EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – According to Gilmer County Charter School System Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes, a new issue arising at Clear Creek Middle School drew law enforcement and emergency management to the school near dismissal time Friday, Feb. 16.
Wednesday, staff noticed writing in pen on a boys bathroom stall saying, “I have a bomb.” Wilkes tells FetchYourNews that law enforcement was contacted and the school searched. No evidence pointed toward a bomb being present that day.
Today, at approximately 1:45 p.m., Wilkes reported that a teacher was notified of more writing in a different boys bathroom on a stall. The writing this time appeared smeared across the wall in ink, as if someone had broken a pen to smear the writing. The writing read, “I have a bomb, you will die.”
After contacting emergency services and law enforcement, emergency management investigated for the presence of a bomb again. In an effort to find someone who may have written the message, school staff checked students hands for ink. Wilkes also noted that the staff was also checked for ink.
Though no device or other suspicious activity was found again, emergency management is continuing to question and combing through film. Wilkes once again noted that while the current thought is that this threat is a hoax, they will continue investigating the threat seriously.
With next week seeing Gilmer students on winter break, Wilkes tells FYN that they will be open for authorities to fully access the school for inspection for any signs, and the school will see heightened security when they return from the break.
With parents questioning notions of a pending threat to Gilmer High School, Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes offer the following press release in response:
Rumors are spreading regarding two separate threats to the Gilmer County School system. The first was a potential shooting threat at Gilmer High School that was reported last evening. The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the case and there is no further credible threat to Gilmer High School. The second is a bomb threat that is currently under investigation by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office. Although initial reports indicate that the threat is not credible, the safety of our students and staff is always our main priority. All appropriate action will be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff and we are operating under a normal school schedule.
We appreciate the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department for their investigation. It is imperative for students and everyone to know that credible or not, threats of this type against our schools cannot be tolerated or accepted. Unfortunately, these types of incidents do occur on occasion; but, we will always report and investigate each and every incident. I am sure many of you have received bits and pieces of information and I appreciate each of you having faith in our District to fully investigate and know that the safety of your child is our only concern. We will always notify you of such incidents as soon as we have all the facts and credible information to share.
Gilmer Schools are continuing through their day today as normal without early release. FYN will continue to follow this story should any further information become available.