Hardaway High School has two bomb threats in three days

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Teachers and students at Hardaway High School were in for a scare Thursday after a bomb threat was called in to the school, but this isn't the first time the school has been on lockdown this week.

For the second day this week Hardaway High School is on lockdown. It's all due to bomb threats.

"We have had officers respond to Hardaway High School." Homeland Security Director Lt. Brad Hicks says bomb threat phone calls are no joking matter, especially when it involves schools, "When somebody calls in a bomb threat, of course we take every incident seriously. We believe there is a bomb in that facility until we can prove there isn't."

Police reports show on Monday an anonymous caller dialed 9-1-1 and said a bomb was about to detonate inside Hardaway High School. A similar threat was called in again on Thursday. Both times, the school was put on lockdown to determine if there was any truth to the threat.

Hicks told News Leader Nine, "Once we make that determination, we go ahead and make a sweep of areas that are most common for devices to be placed."

A Connect-Ed message was sent to parents of students and after police gave the all clear, class resumed.

If a student is responsible for the bomb threats Hicks adds they will be facing discipline not only from the school district, but from law enforcement as well, "We search and we find out who the person is that did it and then we prosecute them to the fullest."

At this time Columbus police have not made any arrests in the case.

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