A LATE afternoon bomb threat at South Jackson Elementary School lead to after-school students and teachers to be evacuated from the building on Wednesday, Aug. 8, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
There was no bomb found at SJES or Kings Bridge Middle School, which was also searched as a precaution.
James Lee Wilkes, 51, Atlanta, has been charged with transmitting a false public alarm, false report of a crime and terroristic threats and acts in connection with th case.
According to incident reports, a male called Jackson County 911 to report a bomb at SJES. A deputy went to the school and helped the principal get all of the teachers and students out of the building while several deputies checked the school. Students and teachers later returned to the building when it was cleared for any potential devices.
Deputies then checked KBMS, but didn’t find anything.
Jackson County 911 began tracking the prepaid cell phone that placed the call and located it at the football field at St. Pius Catholic High School in Atlanta, according to reports. Four DeKalb County officers searched the football field and the surrounding areas, but didn’t find a suspect or anything suspicious.
Cell phone numbers were traced and that led investigators to an Atlanta address on Monday where Wilkes was arrested.
The Jackson County Board of Education was told about the incident during its meeting on Thursday.
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