A 16-year-old Northgate student is facing felony charges after allegedly making a bomb threat.
On Sunday, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office investigated 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.”
“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 were posted at Northgate Monday, Crook said.
Tuesday, arrest warrants were signed on a juvenile student currently enrolled at Northgate. In addition to the arrest warrant, search warrants were also signed for the juvenile’s residence.
While speaking with investigators, the juvenile confessed to making the threats, according to Inv. Toby Nix with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
The juvenile is charged with terroristic threats and disruption of public schools. More charges are pending, Nix said.
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.”
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.”