North Fulton County

Middle school student arrested for social media threats

Centennial High School 

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — As the investigation heats up into the Florida school shooting, a local district is dealing with a potential threat of its own.

Two Fulton County schools have extra security Friday following a threatening message a student posted online, officials said.

Police said a Sandy Springs Charter Middle School student was arrested for posting the threat. Officials said the threat was passed around by students at Centennial High School in Roswell.

Centennial’s principal sent an update to parents Friday morning, and an announcement was made to start the day saying the middle school student in Sandy Springs who allegedly made the threat was in custody.

Fulton County schools officials wouldn’t say exactly what the threat said, but it reportedly warned against coming to school today because something bad was going happen.

Nerves are on edge this week after the mass shooting in Florida.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach spoke with the head of security for the district about how they were able to quickly identify the student and determine the threat wasn't credible.


“Once the authorities were able to go interview this student, interview this student’s parent, and conduct an initial search of the house, they were able to quickly determine that although charges will be filed, there is no threat whatsoever in this particular incident,” said Shannon Flounnory, Fulton County Schools Safety and Security Executive Director.

The student will face juvenile criminal charges, as well as discipline from the school itself.

Flounnory still wants everyone to keep coming forward.

“No matter how minor it may appear, they’re giving us the information. That’s what we want them to do," Flounnory said.

The father of a senior said he got a note from the principal about the threat for school on Friday, then a follow up that a student was arrested.

“I was definitely relieved when I saw that this morning. gave my son the option if he didn’t feel comfortable, he didn’t have to go today,” said parent Joe Duffy.