DeKalb County

No weapons found after DeKalb school shooting threat prompts lockdown

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Reports of a shooting at Stephenson High School have been circulating on social media over the weekend.

NewsChopper 2 flew over Stephenson High School on Monday afternoon and saw several DeKalb County School District police vehicles surrounding the school.

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Students say someone posted photos of a gun at different parts of the school’s campus on Instagram. The posts said there would be a shooting at the Stone Mountain school.

“I just feel like the school should take this type of stuff seriously,” student Makayla Rankins told Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes.

In a letter sent to parents at the high school and Stephenson Middle School, Principal Michael Jones said that administrators were aware of the threat and that police were investigating the matter.

Jones said that the schools would be taking extra precautions, including increased patrol, to make sure students and staff at the school are safe.

Rankins said the student continued making threats on social media throughout the school day.

“He was posting how we’re on lockdown and how the school is scary,” she explained.


School district officials told Channel 2 that the school will be on lockdown until students are dismissed at the end of the day.

They say that police have not found any weapons on the school’s campus.

Get the latest updates online and on Channel 2 Action News throughout the afternoon.

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