Decatur Police department says school threat is similar to other hoax threats nationwidePhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
The Decatur Police Department says that a threat against three elementary schools is similar to hoax threats that have been made in other school districts around the country.
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, all Decatur schools were on lock down due to threats against three schools. Oakhurst Elementary and Winnona Park Elementary received a call from someone threatening to open fire on the school. Glennwood Elementary received a call that there was a bomb.
The threat drew an enormous police response, and at the time the police said the threats were unsubstantiated.
In a Nov. 30 update, the Police Department said it believes Tuesday’s incident is related to other school “swatting” pranks. Recently schools in Dunwoody have been targeted by these callers.
“The investigation into the threats made towards three City Schools of Decatur elementary schools on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 is still ongoing,” the Police Department said. “At this point in the investigation, we do have reason to believe this case is related to other similar incidents that have occurred across the United States. We will continue to exhaust all leads and will work with additional law enforcement agencies to solve this case. While the threats made this past Tuesday were unsubstantiated, officers will continue to patrol and monitor schools throughout the city.”