In the late afternoon hours, just before school let out at 3:05 p.m. at Macon Middle School, school faculty found “writing on a wall in a bathroom at the school stating that there would be a shooting at a given date and time” said Sheriff Robert Holland on Tuesday night.
According to Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan, MMS faculty immediately contacted the School Resource Officer, who, in turn, contacted Principal Scott Maslin and a Macon County Sheriff’s Office investigations unit. “It is unfortunate that kids do things like this that are terribly inappropriate and thoughtless,” said Duncan on Wednesday.
“Officers then conducted interviews with several students at that time and two students both admitted to writing the message,” said Holland, adding that other individuals were and are still to be interviewed, as the investigation is ongoing—warning that other students may be charged. “Anyone who saw it and didn’t come forward could be charged as an accessory before or after the fact. If you’re around anyone that knows anything about the incident, you should step up and contact authorities immediately.”
As for the students, the school took disciplinary action and both students are expected to be suspended for the time being, according to Holland. “We will definitely follow up with this,” said Holland. “We felt confident that this was just an incident of two kids involved in doing something very stupid, like it was a joke. But this is not a bit funny. We are prepared to deal with this swiftly and any violator will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We will not be giving out second chances on this. I hope parents take the time to talk with their kids.”
MCSO investigators are working with District Attorney’s office at this time to determine the charges.