On February 16th at around 4 pm, the driver of a school bus transporting students from Chestatee Middle and High Schools received a threat that a student had a gun on the bus. The driver stated that he’d heard someone on the bus shout, “He has a gun.”
The driver immediately radioed the Hall County bus shop, who alerted authorities and the driver was instructed to pull over. Dawsonville Highway was closed for a short time as officers with the Gainesville Police Department searched the bus. No weapons were found and authorities determined that the incident was a hoax perpetrated by a 16-year-old male student. The student, according to officials with Hall County school district, the student thought it would be funny to yell out a threat about having a gun.
The student was arrested and transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center, where he has been charged with Disorderly Conduct, Disrupting Operation Of a Public School Bus, and Simple Assault.