A reported bomb threat Tuesday morning at Tift County High School has led to the arrest of a 17-year-old TCHS student.
Det. Jared York at the Tifton Police Department told The Tifton Gazette Tuesday afternoon that they were able to trace the call, which was originally made to 911 at approximately 9:37 a.m., back to 17-year-old Orante Garmon. He noted Garmon had the cell phone on his person at the high school.
York said Garmon was taken to the TPD for an interview, where he admitted to making the phone call. He was then taken to the Tift County Jail and is awaiting warrants. Garmon is expected to be charged with transmitting a false public alarm.
After the initial call was made to 911, the threat was relayed to the TPD who informed the high school, York says.
Through a collaboration with the Tift County Sheriff’s Office, along with school officials, York said they were able to evacuate the school and conduct a search of the building. He said no explosive devices or any other dangerous items were located.
Vickie Hickman, Tift County’s Emergency Management Agency deputy director, had told The Gazette early that afternoon that the all-clear was issued at 12:20 p.m. She said the students were allowed back inside the school and resumed their normal schedule. She noted on the scene were the TPD, TCSO, Tifton-Tift County Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, EMA and schools officials.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.