A credible threat that was made today by a student from Georgia Highlands College has been determined to be outside the jurisdiction of the Floyd County Police Department. Evidence from the overall case has been turned over to the respective district attorney offices in Floyd and Bartow Counties for further review.
The Cedartown Highway campus and Heritage Hall campus of Georgia Highlands in Rome was locked and secured by police today following a report to Floyd 911 at 1104 a.m. Officers observed no problem but the schools were closed as a precautionary measure.
The Floyd County Police Department became involved after an anonymous tip was made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation referencing a threat of gun violence. That information was relayed to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which in turn contacted Floyd County authorities.
The blanket threat did not specifically name a person or group, but was directed at associates of the suspect.
Because there has been no arrest, police will not be identifying the 21-year old student of the Bartow campus.
Patrol officers responded to Georgia Highlands College because of the unknown variables at the time of the anonymous complaint. Police searched both Rome locations for the suspect and his vehicle but found neither. Officers remained on scene until administrators approved for the campus to dismiss class and lock down the buildings.