UPDATE Below: Sylvester Police confirm this morning that a bomb threat was made at the Worth County High School. Although likely to be a hoax, school officials did not waste anytime getting students to safety. The high school students were relocated to the Sylvester Elementary School as Sylvester Police and fire units are on scene at the high school at 10:30 A.M. and have been since about 9 A.M. this morning. See more below:
Sylvester Police Chief Wayne Jennings said a bomb threat was actually noticed on a door in the girls bathroom of the high school. He said the message could have been there before today but the message stated the school would blow up today at 3 O’ Clock..
Officials have already been through the school and believe everything to be safe but for precautionary measures the Chief said a bomb detecting dog from the Marine Base is being brought to go through the building and check locked lockers. We will update further as information is available.
UPDATE: Students had returned to the high school and resumed classes by 1:30 P.M.
WC Board of Education Press Release
Worth County High School Bomb Threat
Sylvester, Georgia-January 23, 2013 –Worth County High School had a bomb threat this morning. The school was evacuated. All students were moved to another school, so that they were not subjected to outside temperatures. Local authorities were contacted and the MCLB search dogs were brought in to search the school. The other schools were locked down as a precautionary measure. Authorities are continuing an investigation of this incident. The staff at each school is to be commended for the outstanding job responding to the situation. Our primary concern in an emergency situation is for our students, staff, and faculty’s safety.
Sylvester Police Dept. press Release
This morning at approximately 9:06 a.m., the Sylvester Police Department received a call from Worth County High School, in regards to a bomb threat. The threat was located on a door in the girls bathroom stating the school would blow up at 3 o’clock. The student body and staff were evacuated from the building as members of the Sylvester Police Department, Worth County Sheriff’s Department, Sylvester Fire Department, Worth County Fire Department and Worth County Emergency Management arrived on scene, secured the school and began a sweep of the school. Nothing was found during the sweep, but bomb dogs from the Marine Base in Albany also arrived on scene and searched the building. After the completion of the search, school officials were notified and began escorting students back into the building. The investigation into the source of the threat is now being conducted by the Sylvester Police Department.