2:30 update – arrest made

On 1/19/22 at 9:15 a.m. SPD school resource officers were notified by staff at Statesboro High School that a threatening note had been discovered in a classroom.

The note indicated that a bomb had been concealed inside of the school.

SRO’s and staff began procedures for securing the school while additional SPD patrol officers and detectives responded.

K9 units from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and Chatham County Board of Education Police arrived along with other officers from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Southern University Police Department, and Georgia State Patrol.

A thorough search of the entirety of the High School was conducted with no suspicious devices located.

Detectives conducted an investigation into the author of the note.  At the conclusion of the investigation, a 14 year old male student was arrested and charged with Terroristic Threats and Disrupting a Public School.  The student was later transported to the Claxton RYDC pending further judicial action.  

The Statesboro Police Department would like to thank all of its agency partners and the staff of Statesboro High School for their assistance and cooperation during the incident.

12:30 p.m., January 19 Update

The lockdown at Statesboro High School has ended as of 12:30 p.m.  Law enforcement has completed their sweep of campus and investigation of the possible safety threat.

Since the lockdown has ended, the school is now resuming normal operations. Entry to and exit from the building is now open and movement within the building has been restored.

Credit: SHS

SHS and Bulloch County Schools thank you for your cooperation and support.

SHS continue to appreciate the swift response and cooperation of all local and area law enforcement including the Statesboro Police Department, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Southern Police Department, Savannah Chatham County Schools Police Department, and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.