Wheeler High School was placed on lockdown Friday morning after a student brought a weapon to school, district officials said.
In a statement, a Cobb County School District spokeswoman said Wheeler’s administrators were made aware of a rumor circulating about a student who made threats against the school.
The high school was placed on a “Code Red” lockdown as administrators and Cobb County School District Police investigated the threats. Authorities said a student was arrested and found to be in possession of a weapon, but it wasn’t immediately clear what type of weapon it was.
“All students are safe, and the school is operating on a normal schedule while CCSD police continue their investigation," the statement read.
With the new year barely underway, threats, violence and weapons scares at a number of metro schools have summoned additional cops to area campuses.
At Walton High School in east Cobb, a 17-year-old who reportedly brought a water bottle full of alcohol to school was arrested Aug. 5 after kicking an assistant principal and threatening to “get a gun and come back and kill everyone,” according to his arrest warrant.
The student, identified as Ty William Holder, is charged with making terroristic threats and battery against school personnel, jail records show.
The same day, a South Cobb High School student punched a teacher in the face after he was asked if he’d completed an assignment, according to police.
Jaden Allen Chang, 17, was charged with simple battery and surrendered Monday afternoon, jail records showed. He was released hours later on $1,000 bond.
In Gwinnett County, a student faces discipline after accidentally injuring a classmate with a pellet gun Aug. 9.
And in DeKalb, a student’s report of seeing a classmate with a gun Tuesday morning sparked a lockdown and swift response from police at Stephenson High School. A sweep of the school found no such weapon.
A juvenile was arrested following the incident, but officials haven’t released details about the suspect or the charges.
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