East­side High evac­u­ated be­cause of bomb threat

Mon­day in­ci­dent con­sid­ered a felony

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

East­side High School was evac­u­ated Mon­day morn­ing af­ter un­known per­sons left bomb threats via e-mail and voice mes­sages to the prin­ci­pal, ac­cord­ing to a New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­port.

Prin­ci­pal Bob Daria re­ceived sev­eral e-mail mes­sages and voice mes­sages on Sun­day evening stat­ing that they “were go­ing to blow up East­side High,” ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The threat was re­ported to law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties.

The school was evac­u­ated while a thor­ough search was per­formed Mon­day morn­ing, said NCSO spokesper­son In­ves­ti­ga­tor Shar­ron Ste­wart, but noth­ing was de­tected.

“We have re­ceived threats against schools in the past and we take ev­ery one of them se­ri­ously,” said Sherri Viniard, spokesper­son for the New­ton County School Sys­tem. “We want to en­sure the safety of our stu­dents and em­ploy­ees.”

There were sev­eral bomb threats re­ported this school year, said Ste­wart.

Mak­ing such a threat is con­sid­ered a felony and car­ries with it the penalty of pos­si­ble time in prison.

Ste­wart said the NCSO was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and fol­low­ing up on leads.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact the NCSO at ( 770) 786- 7605. Anony­mous tips can be left on­line at www. new­ton­sh­er­if­fga. org by click­ing on “Anony­mous Tip,” or by call­ing 625- 5007.

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