Terror Threat at Wicksburg High School

By: Alex Zequeira Email
By: Alex Zequeira Email

Students at Wicksburg High School received quite a scare, Monday morning, when they learned of a terror threat that was made at their school.

"I hear that there was a note in the bathroom that said something was going to happen at two," said Victoria Walker, a student at Wicksburg High School.

School officials took that threat seriously.

"I was contacted at around 11 o'clock and we called the sheriff's department. Investigators came out here; a dozen or so of them," said Tim Pitchford, the superintendent of Houston County Schools.

The school was immediately put on lockdown.

“We just told teachers to keep teaching and we did not tell them what it was all about; they just knew to stay in the classrooms," said Steve Benton, the principal at Wicksburg High.

Student Shelby Cook said, "I was shocked and I couldn't believe it; I mean I could believe it, but you never think that something like that is going to happen at school. So yeah it was pretty terrifying."

The wording on the note did not detail any particular act of violence, just that something bad would happen. When news of the note reached parents, emotions began spilling out and many of them raced to the school to pick their children up.

Fortunately, nothing happened, and two hours after the note was found, classes resumed their regular schedule. But investigators are still working alongside school officials to try and determine who would think up such a threat, and why they would scare an entire school.

Sheriff's deputies did take writing samples from numerous students, to see if they can match any of the writing styles to the style used in the threatening note. Deputies also took fingerprints to see in they can find a match to any potential fingerprints that may be found on a note.


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  • by Shawn Mathis Location: Wicksburg on Jun 1, 2007 at 06:58 PM
    indeed it was terrifying when they announced there was a terrorist at the school. i was very scared so i cried. thankfully i was able 2 take the caravan to harrogath and escape the danger. please dispose of the troublemaker so i can sleep again.
  • by joshua russian Location: wicksburg on May 12, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    i am really glad that the police were there to rescue me. just their presence in the lunchroom made me feel safe especially wen they winked at me and said they have everything under control. they're my hero's.
  • by Tyrael Location: Newton on May 12, 2007 at 05:34 PM
    i was there that day in class. it was awful. an announcement came over the gfg intercom. they said the caravan has been prepared 2 go the lunchroom. there was some man named deputy randy that yelled at us as we ate lunch.
  • by Cortney Location: newton on May 7, 2007 at 01:10 PM
    well it seems like this Logan Snow kid is really scared. but to be honest i don't really blame him. that was an aweful thing that had happend.i would have went BALISTIC if it happend to dale county high school. aka. the crappest school ever, i would be upset as well. but i'm happy no one got hurt you know.
  • by matt ''wade'' bond Location: wicksberg on May 2, 2007 at 08:50 AM
    i agree with the concerned parent.i was at school during the lockdown and i was scared. i wanted to call my mommy but they told us all to turn off our cellular phones. i told my mommy and she was outraged. i hope like the concerned parent it would have been taken seriously because next time it could be serious.
  • by LOGAN SNOW Location: WICKSBURG on May 2, 2007 at 08:28 AM
    WELL I WAS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL WHEN THIS HAPPENED I WAS SCARRED..I REALLY CRIED WHEN I HEARD WHAT WAS GOING ON...ALL I WANTED WAS MY MOMMA OR DADDY.I AM A 11 GRADER..PLEASE FIND OUT WHO MESSED UP MY LIFE...I CRY AND JUST THINK ABOUT WAT IF THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO WICKSBURG WAT HAPPENED IN VIRGINIA TECH...I LOVE MY SCHOOL AND ALL MY BOYS...I AM VERY BLESSED
  • by Elliot Schuler Location: Wicksburg on May 2, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    I am a student at Wicksburg Highschool, and I wanted to share with you about my experience. Ther I wus sitin in clas bout a go to lunch. Then they bes cummin over the intorcom saysin wes goin under lock down. We alls gotted real sceered. then an hour later wes all went to lunch and i was fine.
  • by jessie armstrong Location: wicksburg on May 2, 2007 at 08:23 AM
    i am glad that everybody is safe now... expecially my life partner, blake, i love him... wtvy rocks, YEAH!!!
  • by LOGAN SNOW Location: WICKSBURG on May 2, 2007 at 08:18 AM
    YEA I DID NOT REALLY UDERSTAND WHY I NEVER KNEW WAT WAS HAPPENING UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER I WAS SO SCAARED I AM GLADNOTING HAPPENED..I HAVE HAD NIGHT MARES OF STUFF LIKE THIS AND I NEVER WANT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN.FOR WHOEVER DID THIS YOU DESERVE TO BE INSO MUCH TROUBLE..YOU HAAVE CAUSEME SOMANY FEARS....WICKSBURG IS STILL AGREAT SCHOOL...I LOVE IT..THANKS TO ALL THE COPS THAT PROTECTED ME AND MY FELLOW FRIENDS...I LOVE YALL
  • by concerned parent Location: wicksburg on May 1, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    i am a parent of three wicksburg students. i did not hear anything about the incident until my child arrived home and called me to tell me about it. it is an awful feeling knowing that your child is in lockdown for a such a threat and you didn't have a clue. i am curious as to why they did not evacuate the school or allow the students to call their parents, most students do have cell phones. the teachers also have a right to know what's going on. if it is not taken seriously this time, will it be the next time?
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