Police are investigating threats against two high schools in Cobb County, and one investigation has led to a student being arrested.
Hillgrove High School and McEachern High School are less than three miles apart in Powder Springs, and both received some form of threat of violence Wednesday, Channel 2 Action News reported. The threats are not connected, police said.
Hillgrove High School student Andre Lewis, 18, was arrested after allegedly threatening a school officer Wednesday, Channel 2 reported. He allegedly became irate after being suspended from school after being accused of stealing something from another student.
He allegedly threatened to harm an officer and “put hands on anyone at Hillgrove High School,” according to an arrest warrant obtained by the news station.
He faces several charges, including terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, according to Cobb County Jail records. As of Thursday evening, he remained in jail on a $3,000 bond.
Also on Wednesday, a social media post made by a McEachern High School student said a kid was going to “shoot up the school,” Channel 2 reported.
Upset parents told the news station they weren’t informed about the post, which was circulated among students Wednesday night, until a text message alert calling it a “rumored threat” was sent to parents Thursday morning by the school.
The “student in question” has been identified, according to a school district spokesperson, but there is “no credible or verifiable threat to the school.”
The district did not immediately respond to questions about the student’s status or what could be possible punishments.
There have been a couple of lockdowns at Cobb schools over just the past two days.
Parents dropping off children at Teasley Elementary reported seeing a man with a gun in the neighborhood, which turned out to be a cellphone holster. Lockdowns at Teasley and Murdock Elementary disrupted runoff voting Tuesday, causing the polls to stay open later.
Also on Tuesday, an 18-year-old was arrested for making a threat on social media against a student at Walton County high, prompting a low-level lockdown.
In August, Cobb officers rushed into classrooms with assault rifles during a “Code Red” lockdown at Campbell High because someone made a threat “via walkie talkie,” the school district said. Three students were detained.
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