McDuffie County law enforcement agencies and the GBI are working together to investigate recent threats to McDuffie County schools on social media and a local juvenile has been arrested for making at least two of the threats.
That juvenile, arrested Aug. 21, has been charged with making terroristic threats and acts, creating false alarm and violation of the gang statute, said Thomson Police Chief Anson Evans.
A social post from the person writing under the heading “Bruh tripped out” threatened to shoot up a Thomson school.
School officials and law enforcement state that the first post, with “Thompson” misspelled and appearing Sunday, Aug. 18 around 9 a.m., was more than a year old but they were investigating it as a credible threat, were taking precautions and seeking to identify the person responsible.
Another social media post from the individual under the heading “Bruh tripped out” showed up around 5:30 p.m., Aug. 20 with another threat to shoot up a local school. “I’m not playing,” the individual said, while stating that that he was coming Aug. 22.
The Thomson Police Department, the McDuffie County Board of Education Police, the McDuffie County the Harlem Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been jointly investigating the threats to McDuffie schools, the chief said.
According to Evans, a forensic analysis was conducted on the posts and law enforcement discovered the identity and location of the local juvenile who made one of the threats. “That juvenile has been arrested,” Evans said.
The police chief reported that law enforcement is also investigating another juvenile who also threatened, on social media, to do a violent act at a McDuffie County school.
“We are currently in the process of closing out a second social media incident and a third that is still under investigation,” Evans said.