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Bomb threat shuts all Tift public schools

TIFTON, Ga. — A juvenile has been charged with making terroristic threats and acts, disrupting school operations and making a false alarm after the Tift County School System was evacuated Thursday in response to a bomb threat.

Tift School System Superintendent Patrick Atwater said in a statement Thursday that he ordered the evacuations after law enforcement officials informed him of the threat that was made against all of the system’s schools.

“As Superintendent,” he wrote, “I was proud of the efforts made by our staff to safely and orderly evacuate and in most cases dismiss students from an offsite location. In addition to our staff efforts to ensure safe evacuation, I can’t begin to explain the support we received from all law enforcement agencies in Tift County. Our Sheriff’s and Police Departments, State Patrol, EMA, 911, County and City Managers, were absolutely on top of the situation from the beginning.”

Eighth Street Middle School was the last evacuated because of the investigation of the threats by the Tift County Sheriff’s Department, which asked that dismissals there be delayed. Sheriff Gene Scarbrough said two students were detained at Eve Park, where Eighth Street students were taken, and taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning.

One of the students was charged Thursday, the sheriff said.