Columbia County authorities arrested a 12-year-old girl Friday for writing a bomb threat in a Columbia Middle School bathroom stall.
The girl was charged with making terroristic threats or acts and disrupting a public school, both felonies, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
At a detention hearing Friday afternoon, Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan ordered the girl to be booked into the Columbia County Detention Center, then released to her parents. She's not allowed to attend any Columbia County school until a school system tribunal hearing.
The note was found on the wall of a girls’ bathroom stall by school officials at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The note insinuated its author was “going to blow up the school,” Morris said.
It was written in pencil in small handwriting, Columbia Middle Principal Steven Cummings said Thursday.
"During our investigation, we received a tip," Morris said of how investigators identified the girl. Video surveillance footage also helped, he said.
Cummings said Thursday that the pupil would be immediately suspended and then face expulsion before the school system hearing officer.
This latest event is similar to what happened last week at Evans High School.
Two notes threatening violence were found in bathroom stalls at Evans High on March 1. One of the notes was written by someone threatening personal harm. The second note, found in a girls’ bathroom, alluded to a shooting at the school on March 2.
The school was placed on lockdown and deputies searched pupils as they entered.
Authors of the threatening notes can be charged with terroristic threats and acts as well as disrupting a public school, Morris has said.