Bomb threat written in Columbia Middle School bathroom stall

Thursday, March 8, 2012 7:34 PM
Last updated 9:36 PM
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Columbia County authorities are investigating a bomb threat written Thursday in a Columbia Middle School bathroom stall.

The note was found on the wall of a girls bathroom stall by school officials at about 2:30 p.m., Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

The note insinuated its author was “going to blow up the school,” Morris said.

It was written in pencil in small handwriting, Columbia Middle Principal Steven Cummings said.

Bomb-detection dogs were scheduled to search the school Thursday afternoon, Cum­mings said.

“Parents and students can expect to see an increased law enforcement presence when the school opens (today),” Morris said in an e-mail.

Should the author of the note be discovered, Cummings said that pupil would be immediately suspended then face expulsion before the school system hearing officer.

A similar incident happened last week at Evans High School.

Two notes threatening violence were found March 1 in bathroom stalls. One of the notes was written by someone threatening personal harm. The second note, found in a girls bathroom, alluded to a shooting happening at the school March 2.

The school was placed on lockdown, and deputies searched students as they entered.

Authors of the threatening notes can be charged with terroristic threats and acts in addition to disrupting a public school, Morris has said.

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avidreader 03/09/12 - 06:54 am
What's up with CC schools?

What's up with CC schools? Either the Chronicle has been going light on them over the years and not reporting incidents, or there's a growing surge of problems that have recently infected the school system. I thought all of the pea-brained problems were exclusive to Richmond County schools. I'm beginning to believe that the Stepford dwellers are actually real people.

Riverman1 03/09/12 - 07:00 am
We have to let minor

We have to let minor discipline problems surface now and then to prove we are human...even though y'all believe we aren't. But, hey, come to my house if you want to see dysfunction personified sometimes. Start with me.

kc fan
kc fan 03/09/12 - 09:04 am
This probably happens more

This probably happens more than was is reported here. Unfortunately, students think it is cool to get out of work for an hour plus until the are caught and have to face the judge. There are hefty fines involved and normally removal of the student from their home school to the alternative school. Judge Flanagan started going to schools last year to alert students to the consequences of such actions. It doesn't seem to sink in!

urright 03/09/12 - 10:18 am
I have done extensive

I have done extensive research on the matter and there has NEVER been an actual bomb found in a school after it was written on a bathroom wall. Has anyone else noticed that it's usually in girls' bathrooms and there have been only 2 female school shooters in history? Handle it quietly, lock up the girl (if she can be found), and go on your merry way.The bigger the deal the media makes of it, the more copycats there are going to be.

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 03/09/12 - 12:09 pm
(A)vidreader, Your first


Your first alternative is closer to the truth. Of course , prior to the current superintendency, a lot of money was spent on rugs and brooms.

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