PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - There is heightened security at Paulding County High School. The change comes after threats of violence were made by way of social media.
Channel 2’s Wendy Corona was told by both the school district and the Paulding County Sheriff's Office that the threats were unsubstantiated, but still reasons enough to be taken seriously.
Channel 2 Action News was not allowed on or near school property, but Corona did notice deputies on campus. Paulding sheriff’s investigators said additional deputies were placed at the school Thursday, along with the school resource officer.
On the Paulding County sheriff's Facebook page, as well as the school districts’, the threats are called unsubstantiated rumors that arose from a conflict between four students at the school. The sheriff's public information officer, Cpl. Ashley Heason told Corona on the phone that it was a threat of violence by a gang but he did not elaborate.
He did say a number of students have been interviewed since Wednesday. He could not confirm where the threats were made – if on Facebook, Twitter or another outlet. Both the school district and the sheriff's office have the same message posted on their Facebook pages. The school and sheriff's office are asking anyone with information to come forward and remind all that any threat to student safety will be aggressively addressed.