A false report on Thursday, Feb. 22, that a student at Flowery Branch High School had a weapon on campus originated with a social media post from a student in an east Texas high school who was referencing an incident that had occurred at a school there.
“The coordinated investigation between … Hall County Sheriff’s Office and administrators from FBHS was able to determine the original source of the text on social media that alleged that a student who had been suspended for weapons possession was planning an attack on the school,” Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins wrote in an email Friday afternoon.
Higgins stated that a Flowery Branch student came forward and told investigators that she had recently moved with her family to Hall County from East Texas and that the “text had been sent to her by a former friend at the school in Texas regarding an incident there — not at FBHS.”
“However, as is often the case with social media messages, it became distorted as it was resent through text,” Higgins added.
Higgins said no charges will be filed against the student nor will any discipline be imposed.
In an email Thursday to parents, students and faculty, Superintendent Will Schofield warned that false reports can have serious consequences, stating, “School districts across the country are increasingly dealing with anxiety created by anonymous social media posts. We are not immune.”
On Feb. 16, a 16-year-old student on a Hall County bus was arrested after school officials say he joked about having a gun.
Two Forsyth County teens were arrested Thursday after authorities say they made “threats relative to causing harm” at West Forsyth High School.
And a Dawson County High School student was arrested Thursday after authorities say she threatened that she and her boyfriend would carry out a school shooting there.