MORROW, Ga. — Clayton County Schools confirmed on Sunday that its police department is investigating reports of a threat made against Morrow High School.
School system spokesperson Ronald T. Jones-Shields II said that the school system has been made aware of a threat that targets the school and suggests that something would happen on Monday. He said the Clayton County Public School Police Department (CCPSPD) is still investigating the threat and its credibility.
"We take all threats seriously, as the safety of all students, staff and visitors is of the utmost importance," he said. "As a precaution, CCPSPD has activated its safety response plan and will also have a heightened presence on the site."
A post shared with 11Alive by a concerned viewer shows the threat which was shared on social media and makes no mention of the specific action the creator allegedly planned to take. The account where it was posted has already been taken down.
"We are disheartened that someone would attempt to disrupt the education of our scholars and the work of our dedicated staff as this heinous threat resulted in a large number of student absences on Monday, February 24," Jada Dawkins, the school system's chief of communications said in a statement on Monday afternoon. "Clayton County Public Schools takes all threats seriously and will always make decisions in the best interest of our students, faculty, as well as staff."
Dawkins said Monday that the matter remained under investigation by authorities and that the school district was working with safety personnel, school leadership and parents to ensure everyone's wellbeing as class resumes on Tuesday.
According to Dawkins, the CCPSPD, has been working together with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Clayton County Sheriff's Department, Clayton County Police Department, and Morrow Police Department to identify those responsible for the threats.
According to US News and World Report, Morrow High School has an enrollment of roughly 2,000 students and is one of 11 high schools in Clayton County.