THOMASVILLE — Thomasville High School was evacuated Monday morning after the school received a threat via letters.

"All the children are evacuated and being sent home," said Lt. Toby Knifer, Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division commander.

The letters threatened THS staff, Knifer said. Two letters were in one envelope opened at the school Monday morning.

The school was closed two weeks for Christmas holidays and reopened Monday morning.

"Part of the threat is a chemical threat," said Knifer who declined to provide details about the specific threat.

At 1 p.m. Monday, a Lowndes County Sheriff's Office unit was en route to the school to help with special equipment to respond to the chemical threat, which Knifer said is not a bomb or incendiary device.

The threat has been isolated in the building.

In addition to Thomasville police, Tallahassee police, Thomasville Fire/Rescue and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are at the scene.

"We're just reaching out to gain more intelligence," the commander said.

Knifer said the letters contained a chemical-type threat to staff, but not to one particular person. 

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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