Students return to Hall County school after bomb threat

UPDATE: Hall County Schools is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for this morning’s bomb threat at Chestatee Academy in Gainesville.

About 9:30 a.m., Chestatee administrators were alerted of a bomb threat written on a bathroom wall, according to a report released by the school system.

School administrators notified the superintendent and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, and evacuated the students, faculty and staff, the school district said.

Parents of children enrolled at the school were notified of the events via phone call and email.

Within 30 minutes, two K-9 units arrived with two bomb-detecting dogs. After conducting a complete sweep of the building, officials declared the building safe for students, faculty and staff at 10:58 a.m. Students returned to class by 11:15 a.m., the school district said.

ORIGINAL: Chestatee Academy in Gainesville was evacuated around 9 a.m. this morning after a bomb threat at the school. Students are being held at a safe site while the sheriff’s office conducts a sweep through the school. A threat to blow up the school on a bathroom wall prompted the evacuation of the middle school.

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