In response to the numerous bomb threats recently received by both Effingham County High School and South Effingham High School, the Effingham County Board of Education has approved offering a $500 reward for credible information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals making the fictitious threats.
According to Superintendent Randy Shearouse, since offering the reward several witnesses have come forward. Although no arrests have been made yet, he said the investigation is heading in the right direction and once the culprit is arrested, he or she will be charged and tried to the fullest extent of the law.
ECHS has received five bomb threats since the school year began. Per current school board policy, each time such a threat is received, the school must be evacuated while the threat is investigated and the students’ safety is assured. SEHS has received one bomb threat this year.
Each episode results in a loss of approximately two hours of class time.
The Effingham Board of Education is reviewing recommendations to revise the policy regarding bomb threats.