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Newton County's Rocky Plains school receives bogus bomb threat

COVINGTON -- Students at Rocky Plains Elementary School were evacuated Tuesday morning after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat to the school, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

"Deputies and investigators arrived on the scene and assisted the school staff in searching the premises," said NCSO spokesman 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell. "Nothing has been located and right now we're following up to see where this threat came from."

Mitchell said the students were removed from the building for about an hour and after finding no evidence of a bomb, authorities allowed them back into the school and classes resumed as usual.

According to Newton County School System's Director of Public Relations Sherri Davis-Viniard, all 800 students at the school were evacuated without incident and held at a secure location until the building was cleared.

"Dr. (Miranda) Jones (principal) has indicated she is very proud of the students as they did a fantastic job this morning and were well-behaved throughout the entire situation," Davis-Viniard said Tuesday afternoon.

Responding to the school were personnel from the NCSO, as well as the Newton County Fire Service and administrative personnel from the Newton County School System.

Mitchell said there are no suspects at this time and asked that anyone who has knowledge of who might be responsible for this incident to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400 or 678-5007, or go to their web site at www.newtonsheriiffga.org and click on "anonymous tips."