Norcross High beefs up security following threat

Administrators at Norcross High on Monday morning called in additional security following a Friday threat by a student to perform a “violent act.”

Students and parents reported concerns to school officials following a text message threat to carry out the act at school, Principal Will Bishop wrote in a letter to parents and guardians on Monday. The initial report came on Friday, but rumors and “chatter” about the threat spread across social media over the weekend, all related to Friday’s incident, Bishop said.

Administrators notified police on Friday, Bishop said, and school leaders and police spoke with several students about the threat.

“Ultimately, it was determined that the student involved was not at school on Friday,” Bishop wrote. “School officials and police are handling this situation prior to this student’s return to school.”

Bishop reminded students and parents to share any concerns they have about texts or posts.

“When we learn of potential threats, we are diligent in tracking these rumors down and assessing their validity, while ensuring we maintain a safe school atmosphere,” Bishop wrote. “As part of our investigation, we also are committed to ensuring those who issue a threat face appropriate consequences.”

The threat is the third known threat this month at Gwinnett schools. Dacula Middle and Berkmar High each received bomb threats in the last two weeks.