“Social media threats are very damaging to the community. We do take every single one of them seriously, just like we did today. (At one point), we had close to 50-75 law enforcement officers on scene here within minutes,” Manahan said.There was a lot of back and forth on social media with different posts and allegations circulating coming from students and parents following a reported hoax that there was an active shooter at Valdosta High School on Wednesday.
Parents told WALB News 10 this incident raised huge concern for them. Some said their child will be out of school for the remainder of the week to be on the safe side.
Valdosta Police Chief Leslie Manahan said she believes the original call to 911 came from overseas. She said law enforcement takes situations like this very seriously and they are trained intensively on what to do if there is a real active shooter on campus.VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) – Social media always plays a part in school shootings — sometimes it’s an unofficial emergency alert and other times, it’s a forum for unfounded rumors that spin out of control.If you are the site owner (or you manage this site), please whitelist your IP or if you think this block is an error please open a support ticket and make sure to include the block details (displayed in the box below), so we can assist you in troubleshooting the issue.
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — UPDATE 10:57 a.m.: The Valdosta City Schools District released a statement following reports of an active shooter situation at Valdosta High School on Wednesday:
UPDATE 10:40 a.m.: The Valdosta Police Department announced first responders are on scene at the Valdosta High School campus. There are no confirmed injuries.
UPDATE 10:43 a.m.: The Valdosta City Schools District announced there were no shootings on the campus of Valdosta High School and no injuries have been found or reported. Responders are on their final sweep of the building.
According to the school district, several first responders are on site investigating. At this point all schools within VCS have been placed on lockdown. The district said it will release additional information and no one other than first responders are allowed to come on campus at this time.
According to district officials, law enforcement remains on the scene. They say all Valdosta City Schools are on lockdown. No one other than first responders are allowed on any campus at this time. (Google Maps)
We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time. For any issues, call 229-244-1880. An all-state Valdosta High football player is charged with three felonies in connection with the shooting of three men last month, the Valdosta Daily Times reported Monday. White is rated the consensus No. 136 prospect nationally and No. 16 defensive lineman. He committed to Colorado on Dec. 26 over offers from Clemson, Florida, Oklahoma State and others.Also charged in the Feb. 26 shootings was Zontavious Sipplen, a 20-year old Valdosta resident. The unidentified victims were two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, all treated and released from a hospital. The shootings took place at two locations in Valdosta but are believed to be related, according to the newspaper.
Omar White, a junior committed to the University of Colorado, is charged with felony aggravated assault, felony aggravated battery and felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, the newspaper reported.
White was the Region 1-7A defensive player of the year and an AJC first-team Class 7A all-state performer last fall, when he led Valdosta in solo tackles with 50. White had transferred to Valdosta from Lee County before his junior season.
Anyone with information on Walton’s whereabouts is asked to call the Valdosta Police Department Bureau of Investigative Services at (229) 293-3145 or the crime tip line at (229) 293-3091.At approximately 3:09 a.m., VPD officers responded to numerous 911 calls about a shooting incident. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 21-year-old man, later identified as Jaylon Smith, with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.