Forsyth County Sheriff's Office releases information about library shutdown, apprehends suspect

Kimberly Bond

(Forsyth County, GA) Residents are learning more about the “suspicious activity” that impacted the Forsyth County Public Library on July 19. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) released additional information Monday about the events that led to the evacuation and closure of the Sharon Forks library and the search of the Post Road library.
FCSO detectives now know who was behind the suspicious activity at the Sharon Forks Library on July 19.Photo byForsyth County Public Library

According to the new information, a bomb threat was typed into the internet search bar of a public computer in the children’s section of the Sharon Forks library. Due to the concerning nature of the threat, patrons evacuated the library and the FCSO Explosion Detection K9s responded to the scene. No explosives were found during the search.

A truck had left the Sharon Forks library to take books to the Post Road branch earlier that day. Out of an abundance of caution, the truck was also searched. No explosives were found.

As the investigation continued, detectives learned that a juvenile library volunteer, who FCSO is not naming due to their age, was the only person near the computer during the relevant time frame. When detectives interviewed the volunteer, the juvenile admitted to making the threats.

The juvenile is no longer allowed at any Forsyth County library branch. The FCSO also submitted a juvenile complaint form for terroristic threats.

The Forsyth County Public Library expressed thanks for the support from the FCSO and the community during the investigation.

“Thank you all so much for your concern and patience,” a representative wrote in a social media post. “Evacuating and temporarily closing the busiest library in the state (in terms of checkouts) isn’t something we take lightly, but the safety of our patrons and staff is always our top priority.”

“We truly appreciate your support and understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience or alarm this situation may have caused,” they added.

Parents, have you talked to your children about the consequences of making threats? Share your tips in the comments or email to let us know.

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