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Threat of violence puts Long HS in turmoil
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LUDOWICI -- Many parents of Long County High School Students withdrew their children from the high school earlier today, due to the fear of a possible shooting at the school. According to Sgt. J.D. Campbell, who is with the Ludowici Police Department, at around 1 a.m. Friday information was provided to the LPD, that a shooting at the high school would take place on Friday. According to Campbell, the terrorist threats were made through text messages to students and over My Space pages of students. Campbell also said a 17 year old male, who is believed to be the primary instigator of the threats, has been detained and is currently being questioned about the incident. Campbell said that the name of the suspect could not be released at this time. According to Long County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Robert Waters many parents began checking their children out of the schools this morning, but he said that the school would continue to be open today. We will continue to have school today, but we are doing everything we can to keep the school as safe as possible, Waters said. He said several measures are being taken to insure student safety. The (Long County) sheriffs department and the (Ludowici) police department, will have officers on the campus today, the teachers have been instructed to keep the students in their classrooms, keeping them out of the hallways as much as possible, and we have just increased our awareness today, to be as proactive as we can to make sure everything is safe for the students, Waters said. Campbell reinforced the superintendents comments by saying, Every protective measure has been taken to keep the students and teachers as safe as possible at the school. At 10 a.m. Friday, the Long County Sheriffs Department was contacted, to see if any more information was available on the case, and according to Chief Deputy Robert Berry, nothing more could be released at that time. The LCSD and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are handling the investigation, and if anyone has any information regarding the case they should call the LCSD at 545-2118.
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