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Gwinnett school officials respond to 'Columbine style' shooting threats

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) released a statement regarding the recent online threat made toward Sweetwater middle school via social media. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) released a statement regarding the recent online threat made toward Sweetwater middle school via social media.
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) released a statement regarding the recent online threat made toward Sweetwater middle school via social media. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) released a statement regarding the recent online threat made toward Sweetwater middle school via social media.
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) released a statement regarding the recent online threat made toward a middle school via social media.

An anonymous Twitter account said it "will be shooting up Sweetwater Middle School," and that "we will make the Columbine school massacre seem like a joke."

Later in the afternoon, officials there said a second, similar threat was sent to Lanier Middle School. Parents were sent a letter informing them of the threat, in which school officials said the threat appears to have stemmed from a discipline situation the day before. 

"I want to assure you that this incident was immediately investigated and appropriate disciplinary action was taken with the student," the letter sent to parents  from the school principal said. "That said, a number of rumors began and have spread across social media. Unfortunately, these types of social media rumors can be very disruptive to a school community. Again, I want to reassure you that we have fully addressed this matter."

GCPS said there was no credible evidence to suggest that the threats are real, but they've placed additional school resource officers at the Lawrenceville school as a precaution.

"There is nothing more important to me and to our school than your child. I know that their safety is a priority we all share," Jay Nebel, the middle school's principal said. "Our focus will continue to be on teaching and learning today and we will continue with all school activities as normally scheduled."

Parents have been notified, and the school officials are investigating to figure out who is behind the threats.

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