VALDOSTA -- Local law enforcement officials launched a joint investigation into two hoax bomb threats that disrupted schools Friday.

Officials with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and the Valdosta Police Department said they are fully investigating two calls made to the 911 Center.

The first threat was called into the 911 Center, 1515 Madison Highway, at 1:37 p.m., stating there was a bomb in the schools, said Lt. Brian Childress, public information officer with the VPD. All schools were contacted about the threat, and the administration of city schools made the decision on whether to evacuate, Childress said.

Sheriff Ashley Paulk said the incident is the same as one a couple of weeks ago when a caller said there were bombs in the schools.

"We felt certain it was a hoax, but when you are dealing with kids, you can't go on what you think," he said.

Childress said the second bomb threat came into the 911 Center at 4:03 p.m., and the caller said there was a bomb, with no detailed target given. He said the perimeter of the Center was checked as a precaution.

"Both calls were made on a cell phone," Childress said. "We are investigating the incident fully."

Police ask that anyone with information call the Valdosta Police Department at (229) 293-3145. If you wish to remain anonymous, call the Crime Tip Line at (229) 293-3091.

Paulk said that anyone with information should contact the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office at 333-5138.



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