Two arrested for Albany Middle School bomb threats

Two juveniles have been arrested by Dougherty County School System police after two days of bomb threats at Albany Middle School. / Photo: Mary Green

Two juveniles have been arrested by Dougherty County School System police after two days of bomb threats at Albany Middle School.

The Dougherty County School System announced the arrests via Facebook Tuesday morning.

System officials say those responsible for the threats will be be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Sixth grader Cha’nelle Buckley said she missed school yesterday and today because of the threats but doesn’t want to miss any more with Georgia Milestones testing coming up soon.

"I need to be in class to get my education so I can pass and go to seventh grade. But with all this threats and stuff going on, I can't get my education," she said.

Buckley said she was getting ready for the school day both times the threats were called in and was scared enough that she asked her grandfather to pick her up both days.

"I was in the cafeteria, about to eat my breakfast, then he just came in there and told us to get out, get out, get out," she said. "And today, I was in the same place! It's kind of a coincidence. I happened to be in the same place at the same time. I was in the cafeteria just now, coming out from the line from getting my breakfast, had to throw my tray away."

DCSS said they believe there's a reason for this timing.

"Albany Middle, coincidentally, is going through testing this week, and so it's not likely a coincidence that this happened the way it did," spokesperson JD Sumner said.

Robert Cross Middle School also received a bomb threat Tuesday morning, which DCSS said was quickly cleared.

"In all three cases, the same protocol was followed," Sumner said. "Students were evacuated from the building briefly. The building was searched. Students returned to the building. There was no device found. Everything, at this point, is unfounded."

Sumner added they hope parents will use this opportunity to talk with their children about the dangers of making these threats.

"Even if you're doing it as a joke or you're doing it as a prank or something like that, we take, especially in today's climate, school security and class disruptions very important and we take them very seriously," he said.

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