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Nothing Found to Substantiate Threat at South Gwinnett, States School Board

Rumors and speculation caused anxiety for parents of South Gwinnett students.

Police were alerted earlier this week to graffiti on a restroom at South Gwinnett High that implied something would happen on Thursday at the school.

Exactly what was written on the wall was not released, although it was considered a threat.  

The school notified the proper authorities, which included , and took appropriate precautions. Additional security was in place on campus and the building was searched, but no explosive materials were found. 

"Rumors were growing and feeding on each other," said Gwinnett County Public School spokesperson Sloan Roach.  

Students were reportedly texting their parents about their concerns and fears, causing anxiety and uncertainty.  If a parent is concerned about a situation, Roach recommends always calling the school for an update. 

Snellville Patch reader Tricia Rawlins expressed concern about the lack of communication to the parents about this event. 

"The children are texting their parents saying that they are scared," wrote Rawlins. "Thank goodness that we have a Police Department that is willing to communicate with the community that it serves. What about our Gwinnett County School system? Shouldn't they communicate and let the parents know when a bomb threat has been received to the school that their child attends?"

While proper procedure was followed, do you feel that more should have been done to inform the parents? Or would that have caused unnecessary panic? Tell us in the comments! 

Darcey Bailey August 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Yes. Parents should have been notified. You have to take everything seriously. What if something had happened and parents weren't aware prior?
Antony Bordoli August 25, 2012 at 01:28 AM
My child goes to South Gwinnett. The rumor-mill was that some kid was going to plant a bomb somewhere for it to go off after school to shut down the school. Someone that knew the kid and the plan, blabbed and it spread like wildfire scaring students. The sad thing is.....I'm just finding about this from my 9th grader NOW....after the fact. If the planned bombing was supposed to happen on Thursday, why did the school not fell obligated to notify ALL parents? *double-facepalm*
Grace W. March 19, 2013 at 03:39 AM
It is very concerning that Gwinnett County Public Schools/South Gwinnett would not send a letter or email to parents of South Gwinnett's students. A lack of information leads to fear, exaggeration, and outright lies. The community should certainly expect that the leadership of Gwinnett's school system would demonstrate integrity and honesty as they have direct influence on students in Gwinnett County. A school system should not expect the students and teachers to be honest if the leaders of that system lie by omission.

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