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The Toombs County Middle School was immediately put into a brief soft lockdown as a precaution Thursday after an intruder was identified on a corridor within the school facility.

Assistant Superintendent Tabatha Nobles said the administration acted appropriately and swiftly, adding that at no time during the incident were there any threats to anyone and the incident was quickly handled with the assistance of the police officer assigned to Toombs County Schools.

“We are very proud of our staff and administrators,” Nobles said. “They enacted the lockdown and that proved to be effective.”

Nobles said Johnathan McGahee, School Resource Officer and police officer with the Lyons Police Department apprehended the subject, escorted him off the premises and took him to the Toombs County Detention Center where he was booked into custody.

“We did press charges,” Nobles said. “When you consider the disruption to schools and loitering and potential of possible harm to our students and staff, we have to nip things like this in the bud.”

The intruder has been identified as a 17-year-old male. He was arrested on three misdemeanor warrants including disruption or interference with operation of public schools, loitering upon school premises or within a school safety zone, and criminal trespass. The suspect was given a $3,000 property bond by Magistrate Judge Jack McMillan at his first appearance in court.

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