3 schools go on soft lockdown; separately, knife confiscated

Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 1:03 PM EST
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A day after a shooter scare at Westside High School in Augusta, a student was caught with a knife at Grovetown High School, plus there were at least three soft lockdowns.

The Columbia County School District said an investigation uncovered a pocket knife in a student’s possession Thursday at Grovetown High.

The student was initially reported to administration for consuming an alcoholic beverage on campus.

Upon further investigation, the pocket knife and other possible drug-related items were discovered, the district said.

The items were confiscated immediately and the student has been charged by Columbia County School District Police with having a weapon on campus and possession of alcohol.

The student will also be held accountable according to the code of conduct and has been removed from campus.

There was no direct threat made to the school or any staff or students.

Soft lockdowns

Also, there were at least three soft lockdowns late Thursday afternoon in the Columbia County School District.

Under advisement of deputies, Baker Place Elementary, Columbia Middle School and Grovetown High School restricted student movement outside of the school buildings for about 10 minutes while law enforcement completed an investigation in a nearby neighborhood.

This caused a slight delay in the departure of school buses from Baker Place Elementary.

The scare Wednesday at Westside in Augusta was apparently part of a statewide hoax, with several schools across Georgia going on lockdown after active shooters were falsely reported on campuses. The same thing happened several weeks ago in South Carolina.