Two teenagers arrested in Effingham copy cat school threat


    Noah Gordon (ECSO)

    Effingham High School was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a 16-year-old student reported that he had received a threat on Snapchat, according to a release.

    Deputies with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office came to investigate. The story proved to be false, however during the lockdown, another student showed administration a different Snapchat conversation that did contain a threat, thinking it was the reason for the lockdown. The conversation read in part, "U ready I'm about to come in with the guns now. I'm outside the school."

    Effingham High School Snapchat threat (ECSO)

    That threat was traced back to 19-year-old Noah Gordon who, when interviewed, admitted to sending it but said he was just kidding around, deputies say.

    Gordon and the 16-year-old who reported the false threat were arrested and charged with disrupting a public school and transmitting a false public alarm. The juvenile was additionally charged with false report of a crime and Gordon was additionally charged with terroristic threats.

    ECSO Sheriff McDuffie wants to send a strong message to the youth of Effingham County:

    Our job is to keep them safe and to stop these outlandish threats. When copy-cats report fake threats or send threats from a fake social media account they cause a ripple effect in the county. Every available deputy to include the Sheriff, respond to the school to make sure the students are safe. School is disrupted and other students are frightened. During a lockdown the school is the safest place in the county, nobody is allowed in or out until the school is deemed safe. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office investigates EVERY threat and takes each and every one of them seriously.

    If you have information on an incident and wish to remain anonymous you can text your tip to 847411 or download the app on your iPhone or Android device. Tip 411 is also available on www.effinghamsheriff.org as well as the Effingham County School websites.

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