UPDATE: Bibb school officials complete Rutland threat investigation
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Rutland High School in Macon is boosting its security for the day after possible terror threats were made on social media.
Police, as well as anxious parents filled the halls this morning. Parents weren’t taking any chances. One by one, they checked their children out of school.
“I’m scared for my child…that’s my life,” one parent said.
“The robo-call explained that something had happened, they didn’t say what really happened,” Angela Scott said.
Several Bibb schools’ police squad cars lined the parking lot at Rutland High School as officers, with help from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, worked to get to the bottom of who threatened the school.
“Anytime a threat is made toward our schools or one of our schools, we take that threat seriously. We obviously involve law enforcement,” David Gowan, Bibb Schools’ Director of Public Safety and Risk Management, said.
He says someone posted threats on different social media sites aimed at Rutland High.
“It’s prompted an active police investigation,” Gowan said.
He adds although the threat was made, the school wasn’t on lock down.
“Our students are moving from class period to class period as normal, but moving in the halls during class periods is restricted,” Gowan said.
Several students say they even had to eat lunch in the classrooms.
“We’re not allowed to go outside of the classrooms at all. We have to eat in the classrooms. We’re still changing classes though, but we have to have teachers and cops in the hallways,” one student said.
Even then, parents were worried.
“I didn’t want her to be sitting up here all day long, the rest of the day, scared. So it eased mine and I came up here,” Scott said.
41NBC asked Gowan about the specifics of what the threat said or when the post was made. He says he doesn’t want to jeopardize the investigation.
He did say that an increased police presence will remain on campus until the situation is resolved.