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Students are safe after a student reported an alleged weapon on William James Middle School's campus.

 

At approximately 2:45 p.m., on Monday, February 7, a WJMS student reported to administration that a student was in alleged possession of what looked like a weapon. WJMS administrators immediately informed the school resource officer and the school district's safety officer.

 

Upon investigation, a toy handgun that shoots rubber BBs was found. In connection with the incident, law enforcement removed two students from campus.

 

The school greatly appreciates students who see something, and say something. They also want to thank the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance.

 

At no point did evidence point to the need for a lockdown of campus. Students safely continued a normal school schedule during the investigation and until the end of the day. There was also no initial evidence that indicated the students meant to threaten or intimidate anyone with the device.

 

Families are asked to caution students to be mindful as to what they bring to school.

Posted 2/7/22

Construction to alter access to William James Middle School
Temporary traffic plan in place for Dec. 18 - July 1  

 

Construction projects to improve William James Middle School’s campus will temporarily change access to the school December 18 through July 1.  The school’s main driveway on U.S. Highway 80 West will be barricaded and inaccessible to all vehicles during this time.

 

How persons who drive, park, and enter the school for work, to drop off and pick up students, make deliveries, perform maintenance, volunteer, visit, or respond to public safety needs will be altered during construction.

 

Highway 80 West Entrance Closed; Simons Road is Temporary Main Drive


Everyone will temporarily use Simons Road as the school’s main drive. Afterwards, once on Simons Road, use either the bus ramp road (first road to right - Entrance One) or the new Knight Drive (second road to right), depending on the purpose for coming to the campus.  Please refer to the guide and map below.

 

Alternate Route for Those Using Knight Drive
For residents and businesses on Simons Road  and school district employees, school buses, and visitors who need to access the campus in the morning and afternoon when car rider students are being dropped off or picked up by parents (7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.), administrators encourage you to access Simons Road and Knight Drive (Entrance Two) via Veterans Parkway and Miller Road Extension instead of U.S. Highway 80.  This will help reduce traffic congestion on U.S. Highway 80 and Entrance One in the mornings and afternoons.  

 

During the mornings and afternoons, parents should not attempt to access Entrance One from Veterans Parkway and Miller Road Extension to drop off or pick up their child as traffic flow into Entrance One will only be directed to turn right.  No left turn access into Entrance One will be permitted during morning and afternoon student drop off/pick up.

 

E-SPLOST IV in Action at William James Middle School
Please pardon any inconvenience during this progress. William James Middle School is benefitting from more than $2.9 million in new construction funded by Bulloch County voters’ support of a fourth education special local option sales tax referendum. These two projects will add a new main driveway entrance and parking off of U.S. Hwy. 80 West, and a new athletic complex that will allow the school’s football, soccer, tennis, softball and baseball program to both practice and compete at the school for the first time in school history.  

 

In June 2021, the Bulloch County Board of Education unanimously approved (8-0) a bid for $5.25 million for new athletic complexes at Langston Chapel Middle School and William James Middle School. Designed by Hussey Gay Bell Architecture and constructed by Dabbs Williams Contractors, the athletic complexes will each include a six-court tennis court, a combined football-soccer field, softball field, baseball field, concession, and restrooms.

 

Middle school athletic facilities were a priority item identified by both the Board of Education’s E-SPLOST IV and Facilities committees. The community committees met to review and prioritize a proposed list of projects to guide the use of the funds generated by the education special-purpose local option sales tax for capital improvements.

 

Registered voters in Bulloch County approved in a special election on Nov. 7, 2017, the one-cent sales and use tax for educational purposes for a five-year period (Jan. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2023). E-SPLOST IV will raise approximately $60 million for identified capital improvement projects at each of the district’s 15 schools and alternative learning centers.

 

Traffic Plan Map

Posted 12/17/21

Update -10:00 p.m., December 15, 2021

The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office has an initial suspect in custody in conjunction with the anonymous threat to William James Middle School.  The investigation into the incident is ongoing, but it appears the suspect acted alone.

 

The school district is thankful for the swift support and continued support of local law enforcement, especially the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office. School Resource Officer Bubba Revell also assisted with the investigation.

 

While the school district has downgraded the alert at the school, and William James Middle will operate on a normal schedule for the remainder of the week, administrators will remain vigilant in its focus on school safety.

 

Original Post 7:12 p.m., December 15

William James Middle School will have heightened security measures on December 16-17, due to an anonymous social media threat against the school that was reported by students on Wednesday. 

 

School will be open. All activities after school, except band, have been rescheduled. Additional safety precautions are in place, including increased law enforcement. Lockdowns could occur that may limit movement on campus during the school day.

 

On Wednesday, an anonymous Instagram account sent messages to multiple student accounts asking students to follow the site. The site’s content featured a post which threatened that a shooting would take place at the school on Thursday or Friday, which are the last two days of the first semester.

 

Students made school administrators aware of the site. It was immediately reported to law enforcement, who are actively investigating the incident.

 

Bulloch County Schools treats all threats as credible and immediately involves law enforcement. Continue to help us educate children about proper digital citizenship. Also take time to know more about school safety by visiting the district website..Threats of any kind against a school are a crime, and they will result in legal action and school discipline. 
 
Bulloch County Schools always encourages students and adults to say something if you see something. You can Immediately report crime tips or suspicious activity at a school to a school administrator, a trusted adult, or contact law enforcement tip lines:

• Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office: 912.764.1771 or by email
• Statesboro Police Department: Text TIPSSPD plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES) or report tips online.
• Bulloch County Schools Safety Department: 912.212.8891 or by email

Posted 12/15/21