Dawson County Middle School student charged with terroristic threats


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — At 8:54 a.m. on Friday, (March 15), the Dawson County School System received information from Gaggle that a Dawson County Middle School student attempted to send an email that was perceived to be a potential threat to the school or students.

Gaggle intercepted the email and notified school administrators and Safe Schools Coordinator Tony Wooteen of the potential threat.  Immediately after receiving the information, the issue was referred to the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

A 12-year-old student was immediately removed from class and charged with one count of Terroristic Threats and one count of Disruption of a Public School.  The investigation is ongoing by the sheriff’s office.

In a press release, School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs said, “The Dawson County School System takes all threats seriously and, as always, the safety of our students is our top priority.  I want to thank Sheriff Johnson and his staff for acting quickly and handling the situation professionally.  The school system will deal with the student per the Code of Conduct to ensure the ongoing safety of our student body.

Gaggle is an educational partner that alerts school officials when students show signs of self harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying, and credible threats of violence against other students.


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