Thursday, September 10. 2015
Though we hate to legitimize rumors via our coverage, rumors of violence at area schools Friday originating out of the Black Lives Matter movement have prompted extra security.
Sheriff Jimmy Thomas posted the following on the Pike County Sheriff’s Office website:
The Pike County Sheriff's Office is aware of internet posts made within the past several days that threaten violence at various school systems. After researching these posts and conferring with additional authorities we are unable to find any validity to substantiate any credible threat to our school system. However, the Sheriff's Office does take any and every possibility of a threat toward the children of our community seriously and extra security measures will be in place to safeguard our students.
The Pike County Public School posted today on its website the following information:
The Pike County School System has been in touch with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and local law enforcement regarding rumors and facebook posts concerning Friday, September 11th. We have been assured that these statements are unsubstantiated and lack credibility. However, out of an abundance of caution, we will have additional law enforcement on campus along with added safety measures.
No school or law enforcement in the area have been able to verify any of these rumors as credible threats.