Suspect detained in bomb threat scare

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

A 16-year-old is in custody after an investigation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) into multiple bomb threats at various public schools in the county.

According to a statement released by the HCSO, threats were made to five schools at different times via email, sent to random teachers and administrators beginning the night of April 9 and into the following day. After these emails were read by the recipients upon their return to school from spring break, the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Unit was notified.

Authorities identified the schools in question and were deployed to conduct searches, while two additional teams of deputies “coordinated investigations to decipher the available forensic and physical information,” the HCSO reported.

After compiling what they said was precise information to locate the source of the threats, HCSO officials obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect, identified as a 16-year-old female who is a former student in the Henry County School System. She was arrested April 10 and faces a number of charges in Henry County Juvenile Court.

“We are proud of the quick response and thorough job performed by our School Resource Deputies,” said Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer. “We want to send a strong message that bomb threats are not pranks in today’s world and that we will prosecute each and every time this happens.”