The students, faculty and staff at Greene County Schools were greeted by a large contingent of law enforcement officials when they arrived at their campuses, Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, 2018. This extra precaution was taken by the Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, following a Monday night threat on Facebook stating that a shooting was planned for the following day at Greene County High School. The Facebook entry read: “I will be shooting up GCHS tomorrow morning at 12:30 pm, F—- Rice and Goodson.”
Eutaw police, sheriff department, state troopers and other state law enforcement, as well as representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were on the Greene County High School campus, posted inside and outside, throughout the day, screening everyone and all vehicles coming to the school. Officers were also sent to Eutaw Primary and Robert Brown Middle Schools.
According to Dr. Carter, intensive efforts were in process for tracing the Facebook threat. He expected that arrests of individuals responsible would follow this investigation. He indicated that law enforcement had identified persons of interest.
On Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement also conducted searches, using dogs, throughout the school looking for explosives and weapons.
“Our first concern was the safety of our entire school family. We did not close schools on Tuesday once we had enlisted the protective services of all law enforcement available. Our schools were inundated with armed offices from the City of Eutaw, Greene Count Sheriff Department and deputies from surrounding counties as well as from the State Troopers and FBI,” Dr. Carter stated.
Superintendent Carter said that extra security will remain at the schools throughout the week, with the schools on lock down