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UPDATE: Canongate caller was Florida juvenile

  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • May. 05, 2021 - 2:48 PM

UPDATE: Canongate caller was Florida juvenile

The Newnan Times-Herald

(Updated 5.5.21, 2:40 p.m.)

The anonymous, threatening phone calls made to Canongate Elementary School earlier this week were made by a juvenile from south Florida, authorities say.

Florida authorities notified the Coweta County School System and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday afternoon that the individual responsible for making the calls to Canongate on Monday has been located. Appropriate legal action is being taken, according to a school system release.

(Original story is below.)


Sheriff: Canongate threat originated out of state

Threatening phone calls made to Canongate Elementary School on Monday have been attributed to an out-of-state source by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Canongate operated under heightened security after a series of harassing phone calls to the front office – including a threat of shooting at the school – Monday morning.

Additional law enforcement officers have been assigned to the school as the investigation continues.

Law enforcement and the Coweta County School System’s Central Office were notified immediately about the harassment and threats, and Canongate was placed in Code Yellow status as a precaution, according to Principal Betty Archie, who said threats of any type are treated “with the utmost seriousness.”

“As always, the safety of our staff and students (is) of paramount importance to our school and system administration,” Archie wrote in a letter to parents Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office is working with multiple law enforcement agencies to resolve the case.