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Authorities investigating Northgate bomb threat


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Sep. 14, 2021 - 4:55 PM

Authorities investigating Northgate bomb threat

The Newnan Times-Herald

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a social media threat claiming a bomb will detonate at 10 a.m. Monday at Northgate High School.

An anonymous post appeared on Instagram Sunday morning, warning “This is not a drill. There is a bomb in the 200 hall men’s restroom. It is planned to detonate at 10 a.m. Monday. This is not a drill.”

According to a letter sent to Northgate High families Sunday, similar posts appeared on student social media accounts. In the letter, Principal Ashley Wilkes stated law enforcement was immediately notified of the threat and launched an investigation, including a thorough search of the campus that turned up “nothing unusual.”

“The school was searched (Sunday) by Coweta County Sheriff’s Office SROs, investigators, school system administrators and a Troup County deputy that had a bomb dog,” said CCSO Maj. Stephen Crook. “Nothing was located.”

As a precaution, additional law enforcement personnel will be posted at Northgate Monday, Crook said.

Wilkes encouraged parents to remind students to notify administrators any time they are concerned about their safety, and to discuss with their children the “serious disciplinary and potential legal consequences” of making threatening statements in person, in writing on via social media.

“In cases such as this, our school system will prosecute such individuals within the full extent of the law,” Wilkes stated in the letter, adding that school officials will continue to work with law enforcement until the matter is resolved. “Your child’s safety remains a top priority for our school.”

The investigation is ongoing.