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Police presence at Evans High after Thursday threat

Friday, March 2, 2012 2:44 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:30 AM
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Evans High School was placed on soft lockdown Friday after a note threatening a school shooting was written Thursday in a bathroom stall.

The message, found in a girls bathroom, alluded to a school shooting Friday, said Evans High Principal Don Brigdon.

At least eight Columbia County sheriff’s deputies were on campus when the high school opened Friday morning, and more than 380 students were absent from school at 10 a.m., Brigdon said.

“I’m sure some of them might have had doctor’s appointments, but a lot of them took this opportunity to not come to school,” Brigdon said.

School officials announced Thursday that students who didn’t attend school Friday would receive an unexcused absence unless there was a valid reason.

“That’s according to state policy,” Brigdon said. “I don’t know if we’re going to waive that or not.”

Because of an Ohio high school shooting Monday that left three teens dead, the threat was especially unnerving, Brigdon said.

“Everybody’s kind of nervous, and then somebody like this writes this on the wall,” he said.

County authorities are investigating to determine who wrote the note. That person, if found, will likely face charges of making terroristic threats and acts and disrupting a public school, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

A second note was found Thursday in a different bathroom by someone threatening personal harm, Morris said. The author of the note will be suspended from school for at least four days and might be sent to a hearing for further punishment, Brigdon said.

During the lockdown, students weren’t allowed to leave their classrooms when class was in session except for an emergency. They were not allowed outside unless they were attending physical education classes or walking to portables, Brigdon said.

“We’re carrying on like a regular day other than kids have to travel within the building,” he said.

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raul
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raul 03/02/12 - 04:22 pm
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The following is an excerpt

The following is an excerpt from yesterday's article. "Authorities did not immediately release the identity, nor punishment, of the student who wrote the note." Am I reading this wrong, or would this statement not infer that the individual responsible for the note had been caught? Then, subsequently,the article above states that "Columbia County authorities are investigating to determine who wrote the note." So, to date they don't know who wrote the threat.Given that, if I had a child going to this school, I wouldn't have let them go in today, either.

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SAPCS 03/02/12 - 04:03 pm
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My kids would be at home.

My kids would be at home. Better to be safe than sorry. You can't replace your children.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 03/02/12 - 05:00 pm
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Amen SAPCS! Austin Rhode's

Amen SAPCS! Austin Rhode's commentary this morning was a tad offensive to me. He was remarking on how parents had called him last night and told him their kids didn't want to go to school today (at EHS). His whole focus was on how kids always look for an excuse to not go to school and they should send them. I won't argue that kids look for excuses to miss school, but if I had kids at EHS they would have been home today too, by MY choice, not theirs.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/02/12 - 06:12 pm
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I agree raul, which is it AC,
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I agree raul, which is it AC, can you clarify and check reports somehow? They contradict each other.

Obviously they either dont know who wrote it or do not know if more are involved, otherwise if said perp was in custody there would have been no need for officers at the school.

And that's not right for the unexcused absences, if you think there is enough to warrant police protection, just in case, parents and students should not be punished for opting to take precautions also when it could be a matter of life and death, we aren't talking about the common cold.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 03/02/12 - 06:58 pm
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Right GaStang22, if there is

Right GaStang22, if there is enough concern to warrant "at least eight" police officers to be there, then I, as a parent would decide if my kids would be there. No Nannies needed in my life.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/02/12 - 07:24 pm
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You folks are letting this

You folks are letting this "incident" get the best of you and some of you are overreacting. Why in the world would you not allow your kids to attend school after they found this scrawled on the wall and knowing that the police are going to be there, just to satisfy nervous parents?? Alright, alright. I have to remember that every parent does their job the best they know how. So, I shouldn't criticize y'all. Your intention is to keep your child safe. But if it were MY kids, they'd be going to school.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 03/02/12 - 07:30 pm
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Do you honestly think that if

Do you honestly think that if someone was going to shoot up the school, they would write a note to announce it? How many school shootings have had this type of warning? If someone is going to shoot up a school, chances are, they are not going to warn anyone.

Having said that, I applaud the CCSO for their proactive stance. One cannot ever take a threat like this lightly, but it is basically the same as someone writing out a bomb threat. The person(s) responsible need swift punishment if caught. I don't have a problem with kids not wanting to go, I can understand the apprehension. It is a different world that we live in. However, with the protection that was provided, I would have felt comfortable sending my child to school.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 03/02/12 - 07:45 pm
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And that is my point, those

And that is my point, those parents who feel comfortable letting their kids go, have the right to make that decision. Those who don't feel good about it, also have the right to decide. My kids are my kids and I will decide what I feel is the best for them.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 03/02/12 - 07:56 pm
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And that's perfectly

And that's perfectly legitimate. But don't gripe that it's an unexcused absence. School was open. Security was provided. Obviously the threat was taken seriously, but was a low level threat.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/03/12 - 12:00 am
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There is also conflicting
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There is also conflicting information, maybe the note was from a student warning that someone else threatened it, and if someone was going to do it and had made up their mind and were going to end their own life too, police presence wouldnt matter. You dont think they could take out a few before 8 police in a school that size with that many people could protect everyone?? Even if they took the threat out as soon as the shooting began and he only hit one... that one wouldnt be my kid!! I'd still be nervous after the day of said threat because they could wait until everyone thought the threat was over. Until they find the person responsible, I wouldnt feel safe!

They didnt give enough detail to make a proper decision IMO. One day note is found not releasing student identity, next day they dont know who. Sounds like to me one student could have wrote it as a warning but wasnt the actual one making the threat. Now a second note. Do they have a suspect or not. Too much conflicting info to make a sure decision in my book.

Not the same as a bomb threat IMO, when was the last time that happened in the US??

And Yes school shooters have left Facebook notes and warnings, why such a stretch about a couple left at school???? And its happened quite a few times lately in the US. No comparison IMO. =)

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/03/12 - 12:55 am
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KUDOS to Clay and his

KUDOS to Clay and his deputies for protecting our students and our teachers who, respectively, learn and work in our public schools.

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girlgeorgia 03/03/12 - 01:16 am
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To "Just My Opinion," I

To "Just My Opinion," I wonder if the parents who buried their children today in Ohio think that the 380 kids' parents OVERREACTED today by allowing their kids to stay home. I don't think so. Maybe school violence is not usually announced on the bathroom walls, but people who are sick in the head don't always follow patterns. That's a fact. If a child walked in with a gun in a book bag today, how quickly could the police officers have gotten to the shooter????? Thankfully, this ended peacefully, but this kind of threat needs to be taken seriously. Also, parents should have been notified, and students should not have found out once they got to school today! This school is obviously in spiritual unrest, and we need to pray for the students, teachers, and administration. Our kids' lives may depend on it. By the way, "Just My Opinion," do you think the parents in Ohio called the brutal massacre an INCIDENT???

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/03/12 - 03:14 am
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Where did my response to JMO
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Where did my response to JMO and FBH go???????

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 03/03/12 - 06:39 am
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GaStang, what did it say?

GaStang, what did it say? Were you being mean to me?

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Willow Bailey 03/03/12 - 08:46 am
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I agree with Augusta Citizen;

I agree with Augusta Citizen; you gamble with your's and I'll keep mine home. It's no one else's business. I've learned the hard way, you cannot predict what a disturbed person will or won't do; if we could, we would prevent many needless deaths. We seem to have a little rash of students testing the school and judicial authorities. I hope the author of the note is found.

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erg9435 03/03/12 - 07:37 pm
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I went to school on Friday

I went to school on Friday and nothing happened, but i keep hearing that there still going to be there this week. Is this true?

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/04/12 - 08:47 pm
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No Fatboyhog, not at all!!!
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No Fatboyhog, not at all!!! lol I didn't think so anyway, if so I apologize. It didn't mention names just a combo post referring to something in yours and his post. Its the post at 12am. It is there now. Was it there when you posted your 6:39?? Weird. It was there a few hours then disappeared. lol Maybe someone reported it, but it wasn't in violation and they put it back. lol

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