Hall County school administrators squashed rumors of a student with a weapon on the Flowery Branch High School campus Thursday morning, Feb. 22.
The rumor spread through social media, but investigators have not yet determined the source. Superintendent Will Schofield warned that false reports can have serious consequences.
In an email to parents, students and faculty, he wrote, “School districts across the country are increasingly dealing with anxiety created by anonymous social media posts. We are not immune.”
“This morning, we are dealing with a false report that a student at FBHS was placed in ISS for having a weapon at school, and then the student responded by saying he/she would seek retribution,” Schofield added. “There is no basis to any of these posts.”
Hall County law enforcement investigators were at Flowery Branch Thursday trying to determine the source of the hoax.
“Please take a moment to remind students of the serious nature of these type of pranks,” Schofield wrote. “We always catch the individual who starts them, and they always end up with a very unfortunate discipline experience to deal with.”
Tensions have been high in local schools after 17 people were fatally shot at a Florida high school earlier this month in the nation’s deadliest school attack in five years.
On Feb. 23, a 16-year-old student on a Hall County bus was arrested after school officials say he joked about having a gun.
And a 16-year-old was arrested in Forsyth on Thursday after authorities say he made “threats relative to causing harm” at West Forsyth High School.