A McDuffie County student is facing punishment after reportedly being found in possession of a weapon on a school bus.
On the morning of Thursday, Aug. 29, the McDuffie County School System sent a message to parents, through its One Call network, informing them of the incident.
According to that message, a Thomson-McDuffie Middle School student reported that on Wednesday, Aug. 28, another student had a gun on the bus. An investigation revealed that the “gun” was actually a knife in the shape of a gun.
“After a thorough investigation of the matter, it was found that the contraband was actually a knife in the shape of a gun,” said Schools Superintendent Mychele Rhodes. “That student who was in possession of the knife will be swiftly dealt with in accordance to the system code of conduct.”
Rhodes says she applauds the student who reported the incident.
“I encourage all students and parents to report any and all matters relating to school safety. We will not tolerate any issue which jeopardizes the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, or staff.”
The knife event was one in a series of events that plagued the school system since Aug. 18. The school system’s police department, the Thomson Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been 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. Law enforcement is also investigating another juvenile who also threatened, on social media, to do a violent act at a McDuffie County School.
After the juvenile was arrested, Rhodes said the school system and its department of public safety would continue to work with local law enforcement to ensure student and staff safety.
“If at any time, students, parents, or staff members have knowledge of any threat against the system, we are asking you to notify system officials immediately by contacting the following number: 706-986-4000,” Rhodes asked.