6th grader detained for threatening to ‘shoot up’ Telfair County Middle School

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McRae–Helena, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — McRae–Helena police officers arrested a 6th-grader who posted a terroristic threat message to social media.

Telfair County schools are closed today due to the threat to shoot up Telfair County Middle School.

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On Sept. 13 around midnight, Telfair County School District posted the following message on Facebook:

“Due to a social media threat that is being actively investigated, school will be canceled for all students and staff tomorrow, Friday, September 13, 2019 in the interest of student and staff safety. School will resume a regular schedule on Monday, September 16, 2019.”

Later, officers say they detained the 6th grader and took her to the Regional Youth Detention Center.

Telfair County Schools

The charges

Authorities charged the youth with the following:

  • terroristic threats
  • transmitting a false alarm
  • disruption of a public school

McRae-Helena Police Chief Glenn Giles says it seems to be a bad joke. “There really seems to be no real threat at all,” he said.

Telfair County school officials say classes will resume on Monday, September 16th.