Clayton County

Social media threats circulating at several Clayton County schools prompt lockdowns

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Clayton County Public Schools said it is currently investigating several social media posts appearing to threaten several district schools that have prompted school lockdowns across the metro.

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School officials said they believe the posts are a “continuation of similar social media postings that have impacted neighboring school districts” but that they are committed to investigating the threats to ensure the safety of students and staff.


A number of parents called Channel 2 Action News to report a lockdown at Lovejoy High School Thursday morning. NewsChopper 2 was over the scene, where parents appeared to be lined up to try to pick up their children during Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

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“As a precaution, additional security presence may be seen at some school sites as well as the deployment of school lockdowns as deemed necessary by school-based leaders,” Clayton County officials said. “Our students are our first priority and we are dedicated to ensuring they receive the education needed to compete as global and socially aware citizens.”

A parent shared a photo of the post that is circulating on social media with Channel 2 Action News, which is of a threat scrawled on a bathroom wall and a bullet on a toilet seat. The exact same image prompted a lockdown at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County earlier this week. That threat does appear to have originated at Brookwood.