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  • HMS Update

    Posted by Butts County School System on 11/3/2021

    BCSS Families, 

    We want to provide you with an update on the matter related to the threatening social media post directed at Henderson Middle School. School has continued to operate without incident throughout the day at HMS. Our teachers and students have made every effort to remain focused on teaching and learning. The ongoing investigation has not uncovered a credible threat to the safety of our school. However, we will continue to take all necessary precautions as we move forward with school activities. 

    Plans are in place to support a more structured dismissal today with additional staff and law enforcement present on campus. Scheduled after-school activities will take place this afternoon with the support of administration and school resource officers. 

    School will be in session tomorrow and we will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff. 

    Efforts to identify the author of the social media post are ongoing. We are continuing to pursue leads provided by witnesses to the original post. Additionally, law enforcement officials are pursuing any digital evidence that might lead us to the individual responsible for the post. Again, school leaders are working closely with law enforcement to bring this investigation to a close as soon as possible. Please be assured that we are using every resource available to ensure our safety and to hold those responsible accountable. Thus far, we have not discovered any credible evidence of a continued threat to the safety of HMS students or staff. 

    Again, we will provide you with updates as information becomes available. Please be assured that our top priorities are to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Unfortunately, incidents such as this are occuring far too often in schools across the country. These incidents are alarming and cause a great deal of stress for everyone. It is important for all of us to continue working in collaboration with one another to ensure that our schools can continue to operate safely, despite efforts such as this to disrupt our learning environments. 

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Todd Simpson
    Butts County Schools 
    Superintendent

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  • Update on Situation at HMS

    Posted by Butts County School System on 11/3/2021

    BCSS families,

    We want to provide you with an update on the matter related to the threatening social media post directed at Henderson Middle School. As stated previously, we became aware of this threat overnight and have continued to investigate the situation. The post was created using the Snapchat social media platform and was widely shared throughout our community. School administrators and law enforcement officials will utilize all available resources to keep our students safe and identify those responsible for the communication.

    Our school day is underway, teachers and students are making every effort to focus on teaching and learning. We will always take these matters seriously and respond with urgency. I want to assure everyone that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our students and staff while we continue to investigate. We have additional law enforcement officers on campus to provide support and assist with school operations. We will operate using our precautionary lockdown procedures out of an abundance of caution until this matter is resolved.

    Again, we will provide you with updates as information becomes available. Please be assured that our top priorities are to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Unfortunately, incidents such as this are occuring far too often in schools across the country. These incidents are alarming and cause a great deal of stress for everyone. It is important for all of us to continue working in collaboration with one another to ensure that our schools can continue to operate safely, despite efforts such as this to disrupt our learning environments.

    Sincerley,

    Dr. Todd Simpson
    Superintendent
    Butts County Schools

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  • Social Media Post Regarding HMS

    Posted by Butts County School System on 11/2/2021

    BCSS Families,

    Earlier this evening, the administration at HMS was alerted to a social media post threatening violence against students and staff. We have contacted law enforcement and will be working closely with them to investigate the matter.

    We will have additional law enforcement and staff at HMS tomorrow, November 3rd, 2021 to ensure the safety of students and staff. Furthermore, we will take additional precautions with regard to school operations until the matter is resolved.

    We will provide timely updates on the results of our investigation as information becomes available. As always, the safety of students and staff is our top priority. At this time, no other BCSS campuses are impacted by this ongoing investigation.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Todd Simpson
    Superintendent
    Butts County Schools

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  • Update on Situation at JHS

    Posted by Butts County School System on 10/28/2021

    BCSS families,

    As communicated earlier this morning the administration at Jackson High School was made aware of a social media post that threatened the students and staff of Jackson High School with violence. School leaders immediately contacted the Butts County Sheriff's office, began an investigation, and have taken the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. 

    The social media post is similar to other posts that schools across the state and nation have received recently. School officials and law enforcement officials are still investigating and we will continue to maintain additional officers and administrative support for JHS today. However, please know that this same threat was distributed to multiple schools recently- both in Georgia and across the nation. Butts County investigators have communicated with officials out-of-state who have tracked down the source of this particular threat. It appears that this post originated with another school- in another state- with the same initials as JHS. The post has made its way  around to multiple schools across the country. 

    In summary, all students and staff at JHS are safe and we are not aware of any continued threat to the safety and security of individuals on the JHS campus. However, we will continue to provide additional support on campus today out of an abundance of caution and to remain attentive to safety and security needs on campus. 

    As always the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We will always take such matters seriously and investigate them thoroughly. 

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Todd Simpson

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