Columbia County authorities arrested a 12-year-old girl Friday in connection with a bomb threat found in a Columbia Middle School bathroom stall.
The girl was charged with making terroristic threats or acts and disrupting a public school, both felonies, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
At a detention hearing Friday, Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan ordered the girl to be booked into the Columbia County Detention Center, then released to her parents. She is not allowed to attend any Columbia County school until a tribunal hearing.
The note was found on the wall of a girls’ stall by school officials about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The note insinuated its author was “going to blow up the school,” Morris said.
The note was written in pencil in small handwriting, Columbia Middle Principal Steven Cummings said Thursday.
“During our investigation, we received a tip,” Morris said of how investigators identified the girl. Video surveillance footage also helped, he said.
Cummings said Thursday that the pupil would be immediately suspended and then face expulsion before the school system hearing officer.
A threatening note was also found inside an Evans High School girls’ bathroom stall last week. That note alluded to a school shooting.