PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - Threats were made at two more Paulding County High Schools while authorities investigated a threat made at North Paulding High School, according to authorities.
A 14-year-old student at Paulding County High School was arrested after making a threat using Snapchat. The student was charged with disseminating information relating to terroristic threats and acts.
In addition, two threats were written on bathroom walls and a threat was made on Instagram towards Hiram High School, according to authorities.
The investigation into threats made at North Paulding High School is still ongoing. The threat has parents, teachers and students on alert. It was found written on a desk at North Paulding High School, and no one is taking it lightly.
School officials immediately told parents through texts, calls, the website and social media about the threat that indicated “there would be a shooting at the school on May 5."
Investigators are reviewing surveillance videos and interviewing students to determine who wrote it. In the meantime, school officials say parents who fear for their children's safety can keep them home Friday.
“Absences will be excused tomorrow if a parent decides to keep their student home,” said Suzanne Wooley with Paulding County Schools.
There will be extra deputies at the High School, as well as the middle and elementary schools located on the same campus. James Gann said that is comforting. His wife is a teacher and he has two daughters at North Paulding High.
“I have no worries sending my children or my wife to school because I know they're going to be there to make sure they're 100 percent safe,” said Gann.
Parent Pat Watson does not want to take any chances. She said her son is staying home.
“Yes, there will be a presence there, but are you going to watch everybody? I guess I'm too much of a momma bear to worry about that. I can't, I just can't,” said Watson.
Friday night is also prom night. School officials said there will be extra security at the venue. They said the requirement that a student has to attend at least a half day of school in order to attend prom will be waived.
School authorities also encourage students or parents who might know anything about the threat or who wrote it, to contact school leaders or the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.
Kevin Wright has a daughter at Paulding High School. He says his daughter is scared. Wright says social media has changed everything, and parents need to be more involved. “Monitor the stuff they post online, and anytime they get on the internet. Just teach them,” says Wright.
School officials say they plan to have extra deputies at all the schools Monday morning.