Early County man arrested in school threat investigation

Blakely, Ga. (WTVY) -- A 19-year-old Early County man faces felony charges after investigators say he made a threat toward the high school.

Ulises Saldana of Damascus was arrested Friday.

Early County Sheriff's investigators say Saldana threatened to carry out a shooting at the high school Thursday. He's charged with making a terroristic threat.

Saldana is being held in the Early County Jail pending a bond hearing in Early County Superior Court.

Early County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin issued a statement via the system's Facebook page this weekend:

To ECSS Parents, Community Members, and Staff:
The Early County School System (ECSS) was notified by Early County law enforcement on Thursday evening of threats made by a high school student to come to school with a gun. The student was identified and arrested Thursday night. The ECSS superintendent was in communication with law enforcement, and there was no continued threat on Friday. The suspect remains in custody. ECSS and the Early County Sheriff’s Office are working jointly to develop a plan for increased safety, and the ECSS staff are working on several areas to tighten security in the schools. The Sheriff’s Office has also had officers on the campuses and will continue to monitor the campuses on a regular basis. The Sheriff’s Office will be releasing more information on this incident Monday morning. Please know that our students’ safety is our top priority, and we are working diligently to ensure our campuses are safe. If you become aware of any threats, please do not hesitate to contact ECSS or the Early County Sheriff’s Office.
Bronwyn Ragan-Martin, Ed.D., Superintendent

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