March 21, 2014 12:32:49 PM
A bomb threat at Columbus Middle School temporarily suspended classes Thursday.
Students were out of class from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Thursday after a school administrator discovered a bomb threat written on a wall in the boy's bathroom, according to Deputy Superintendent Craig Shannon. The FBI and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene.
Students were escorted outside as bomb dogs searched the building.
Parents were not notified of yesterday's incident because the students were not relocated to another school, but Shannon said if threats occur in the future, parents will be notified via Falcon Blast, the school's notification line.
"We normally do not send it out unless we relocate them but I think it would be a good idea for them just to be informed," he said.
Thursday's threat was the second bomb threat in three months. Both threats have been at CMS.
Shannon said if the culprit is found, he or she will be prosecuted.
"Once the culprit is found, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," he said. "Instructional time is too valuable, especially this time of the year."
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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