South Georgia schools add extra security after potential threat

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By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 26, 2018


COOK CO., Ga. (WCTV) -- Added security was on hand at schools in Lowndes and Cook Counties Monday after a possible threat was posted to social media.

According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, an image of a post on Instagram claiming to have information of planned violence at Cook High School and Lowndes High School began circulating on social media over the weekend.

Investigators determined the person who created the original post has no ties to the state of Georgia. CCSO says there is no credible threat to Cook High, Lowndes High or other schools in the district.

The sheriff's office says all necessary precautions for student safety were followed, and there was an increased law enforcement presence at schools in Cook and Lowndes Counties.

Lowndes County Schools released the following statement to WCTV:

We do encourage our students and community to notify the school system and law enforcement if there is a situation that makes them feel unsafe. The Lowndes County Schools will maintain clear communication with our community, but we do not intend to amplify hoaxes. When there are credible threats, we will take all actions necessary to keep our students and staff safe, and we will inform our students, their families, and our staff with timely and accurate information. The safety of our students and of our staff is our priority.

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