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UPDATE | Man arrested had made threatening remarks about BHS on Facebook

The man who was arrested outside Bainbridge High School Thursday was a graduate of the school who had previously made threats about the school, the principal of BHS said in a message sent to parents.

Principal Jake Haley sent an email to staff, parents and others late Thursday that said the man arrested after a 90-minute standoff in a parking lot behind the school had made threatening remarks on Facebook.

In his message, Haley said the posts "contained potentially threatening remarks towards the school" and also included an open Swiss Army pocket knife.

Haley said the school has been in contact with the family of the former student.

The standoff started Thursday after a student told school staff that a car was parked in an assigned space in the senior parking lot near the school's tennis courts.

A campus security officer approached the car, Haley said in his message, and after the person inside the vehicle refused to move and displayed a Swiss Army pocket knife, school staff called 911.

Bainbridge police responded, but authorities determined a lock-down of the school was not needed.

The man in the car was taken into custody peacefully after about 90 minutes.

Haley also said that several students came to the office a few days ago to tell staff that a “random person” had sent a Facebook friend requests to students at the high school. The Facebook account later contained possibly threatening messages.

 

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