Deputies: Mount de Sales Academy shooting threat came through YouTube


    Bibb deputies were called to Mount de Sales Academy in Macon just before 8:45 a.m. Friday for a possible threat/WGXA

    UPDATE

    MACON, Ga. -- The suspect in Friday's shooting threat at Mount De Sales Academy is currently unknown, but district attorney David Cooke told WGXA that person will face charges.

    "In Georgia making a threat of that nature is typically called terroristic threats, which is a felony and is punishable from one to five years in prison," Cooke said.

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    If someone actually did carry out a school threat, they'd receive many years in prison, Cooke said.

    No children were harmed on Friday, and the investigation into the threat is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case can call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or report anonymously to Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

    UPDATE 11:30 A.M.

    MACON, Ga. -- Bibb Co. Sheriff's Office says the shooting threat at Mount De Sales Academy in Macon Friday morning came through a YouTube channel.

    Deputies say the school and all students were checked and cleared and have been released to their parents.

    The threat occurred around 8:10 a.m. on the school's private YouTube channel during morning announcements, according to deputies. School officials then notified Bibb Sheriff's Office.

    Officials pulled the school fire alarm to help evacuate the students quickly and in orderly fashion, deputies say.

    K-9, SWAT team, investigators, FBI and others law enforcement all assisted Bibb deputies.

    Deputies say they cleared the threat by 11:15 a.m.

    The shooting threat suspect is unknown at time, deputies say.

    No children were harmed and all are safe.

    An investigation is ongoing.

    David Held, the president of Mt. de Sales Academy, released this statement Friday afternoon:

    "Dear Parents,

    In this world of fast pace instant communication, most of you are aware that the Academy dealt with a difficult situation this morning after discovering an online post that represented what we perceived to be a credible threat to our student body."

    I would like to thank all of our students, parents, teachers, and administrators for your incredible patience and sense of cooperation in working with the school as we got through a difficult morning. Your students were amazing in the manner in which they followed the emergency procedures which we have practiced many times during the course of the year. The Bibb County Sheriff's department responded very quickly to make sure our students were safe."

    Many of our parents have picked up their students from school. Parents of middle school students should report to Cuddy Hall should you choose to pick up your student prior to the normal 3:15 dismissal time. Parents of upper school students should report to the main office in Sheridan Hall should you choose to pick up your student prior to the normal 3:15 dismissal time."

    The students who remain on campus are in a very safe situation, and we have been informed by the Bibb County Sheriff's Department that it is safe for students and teachers to remain on campus until the end of the school day."

    Thank you so much for everyone's help!"

    Check back here for more updates.

    UPDATE 10:20 A.M.

    MACON, Ga. -- Bibb deputies and school officials have moved the students back into Mount de Sales Academy all into one secure location.

    Parents are going inside and are able to pick up their children.

    SWAT is on scene assisting Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

    This comes after Bibb deputies were called to Mount de Sales Academy in Macon just before 8:45 a.m. Friday for a possible threat.

    President David Held of Mount de Sales Academy says he will release a statement later today.

    This is still developing. Check back for updates.

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    ORIGINAL STORY 9:30 A.M.

    MACON, Ga -- Bibb deputies were called to Mount de Sales Academy in Macon just before 8:45 a.m. Friday for a possible threat.

    All students have been evacuated outside the school.

    Macon-Bibb District Attorney David Cooke spoke to WGXA on scene saying, "There was a threat made towards the school. One when you have something like this, we want to make sure that the children are safe and to follow best practices by the book -- which they're doing. Then the next step that goes along with that is to investigate and hold whomever accountable."

    When WGXA asked if the threat was made by a student, Cooke said at this time they cannot get into the specifics and it's still under investigation.

    Cooke also confirmed the school notified parents on multiple platforms from text messages to emails.

    Cooke went on to say, "The main thing is that protocol is followed to make sure that the children are safe and that whoever made this threat is held accountable."

    At this time, school officials have followed protocol and procedure.

    The Bibb County Sheriff's office is investigating.

    President of Mt. de Sales Academy released this statement:

    "Dear Parents,

    In this world of fast pace instant communication, most of you are aware that the Academy dealt with a difficult situation this morning after discovering an online post that represented what we perceived to be a credible threat to our student body."

    I would like to thank all of our students, parents, teachers, and administrators for your incredible patience and sense of cooperation in working with the school as we got through a difficult morning. Your students were amazing in the manner in which they followed the emergency procedures which we have practiced many times during the course of the year. The Bibb County Sheriff's department responded very quickly to make sure our students were safe."

    Many of our parents have picked up their students from school. Parents of middle school students should report to Cuddy Hall should you choose to pick up your student prior to the normal 3:15 dismissal time. Parents of upper school students should report to the main office in Sheridan Hall should you choose to pick up your student prior to the normal 3:15 dismissal time."

    The students who remain on campus are in a very safe situation, and we have been informed by the Bibb County Sheriff's Department that it is safe for students and teachers to remain on campus until the end of the school day."

    Thank you so much for everyone's help!"

    This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.



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