Officials in Jones County, just north of Macon, are reassuring parents and students there is NO danger after reports of a computer disc found in Iraq that contained information about schools there and elsewhere in the country.
Federal law enforcement authorities notified school districts in six states last month that a computer disc found in Iraq contained photos, floor plans and other information about their schools.
Jones County Superintendent William Mathews Junior confirms that his district was among those notified.
Mathews tells The Associated Press today that the information specific to Jones County was among volumes of information about schools and other government agencies. But he says there was NO specific threat against schools in Jones County and he does NOT think the school district was being targeted.
In his words, "My guess is that somebody somewhere did a Web search and maybe something about our school district popped up."
Mathews says a Georgia Bureau of Investigation official told him about the computer disc last week. He sent a letter home to parents talking about the need to increase security but did NOT mention the disc.