MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Mount de Sales Academy students were evacuated Friday morning after a shooting threat.
Deputies tell 41NBC someone posted a threatening message in the comments section of the school’s morning announcements on a private YouTube channel.
“I’m shooting up the school today,” the message said. “Leave while you can.”
“When we got here behind the police line, they weren’t saying much, but one of them let us know it was a student who had threatened to shoot,” said Maura Pipkins, a school parent.
The school immediately notified police and evacuated students.
“It’s disturbing,” Pipkins said. “It’s very disturbing.”
“They evacuated the students off the campus property and around the sides of the campus property,” said Lt. Sean Defoe with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. “Once that had happened, K9 units arrived on scene, and the entire school was swept. Once the school was cleared and the students were cleared, they were taken in the school and parents were notified as well by school staff.”
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the FBI, is continuing to investigate.
“I think we can put up metal detectors all over the place,” Pipkins said. “That’s not going to prevent anything from happening, because if it doesn’t happen within the school, it’ll happen somewhere on the street. I think we have to be safe. I think we need to teach our kids safety, how to be aware of their environment and how to protect themselves.”
Anyone with information should call the school or the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.