THOMASVILLE -- A Thomasville High School student used a cell phone to call E-911 and deliver a bomb threat for Thomas County Central High School, according to a Thomas County Sheriff's Department officer.

The call was made by Jakeya Marshae Washington, 17, East Clay Street, during lunch from the THS campus, said Capt. John Richards, sheriff's department chief operations officer. The teen, charged with felony terroristic threats and acts, was released to a guardian.

Washington, who was arrested at THS Wednesday morning, told lawmen she made the call as a prank.

Further investigation is under way, and related arrests are possible.

Thomas County E-911 received the call at 11:44 a.m. Tuesday.

"The caller said there was a bomb at Central High School, and the call was disconnected," Richards said. "The caller was a young female."

TCCHS, at 4685 U.S. 84 Bypass, was evacuated and searched by sheriff's department personnel and school staff. Because of the size of the building, the search took about 2 1/2 hours. Students were evacuated to a safe zone way from the structure.

After receiving an all-clear from officers, school Superintendent Dr. Larry Green allowed students to re-enter the building.

An investigation began immediately by sheriff's department school resource officers and the agency's criminal investigation division.

"Historically, it's a student playing a prank," Richards said about school bomb threats, "but we take this seriously."

"With today's technology, these kids cannot get away with these bomb calls and interference calls," the officer said.

The Tuesday bomb-threat call was made from a cell phone. The cell phone number was provided by E-911 technology. The phone was tracked by the cell phone provider.

The bomb-threat investigation exposed a "little ring of friends that were behind this, with her actually making the call," according to Richards.

The probe also shows the group has been making fake emergency calls to E-911.

"The investigation is continuing, and, hopefully, there will be arrests for interference with 911 communications," Richards said.

The officer is concerned about the possibility of someone being killed while emergency vehicles respond to fake situations.

Also, Richards said, someone with a legitimate need for medical help could die while emergency personnel respond to a bogus call.

"The cost to taxpayers for tying up emergency personnel and teachers is a huge waste of time and money," the officer added.

On Thursday, Richards had not contacted city school officials. "I'm sure they will look at this issue and address it as well," he said.

Darrell Allen, chairman of the Thomasville City Board of Education, said school system officials are addressing the situation.

"This is an unfortunate incident and misguided and should not have happened," Allen said Thursday.

Richards said the activity will not be tolerated.

"Any time we get one of these calls, we're going to work it just as fiercely as we can and until the person -- or persons -- responsible are apprehended," he said.



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