Saturday December 9th, 2023 10:02AM

Officials release new details in threat against Buford High School

By Austin Eller News Director

Buford City Schools released new details Friday pertaining to an online threat directed at Buford High School which led to a soft lockdown of all schools in the system on Tuesday.

A spokesperson with Buford City Schools identified the man who made the online threat as Michael Daniel Pecoits. 

Pecoits reportedly made the threat on the social media platform Snapchat. The threat said "Buford High School. Good luck" with a photo of an assault rifle in a case.

The threat was made Monday evening, but the school system was not notified until after that.

Pecoits was arrested on the Buford Middle School campus. The spokesperson said he was at the middle school to turn himself in to authorities.

He was not a former student of the Buford City School System.

Pecoits was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail following his arrest.


Original story published Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.:

All schools within the Buford City School System are operating under a soft lockdown Tuesday after a threat was made on social media Monday, and the school system says a suspect is in custody.

A Buford City Schools spokesperson said the system was made aware of the social media post on Monday. The post pertained to Buford High School.

"The suspect was identified and is in custody," the spokesperson said.

All schools within the system are under a soft lockdown for added security. 

Additionally, the Gwinnett County Police Department is patrolling the area to keep students and staff safe throughout the day. 

"We are deeply troubled by the acts of this individual. We do not condone threats of any kind, even if the intent was not to do harm," the spokesperson said. "We appreciate the hard work of our Administrators, SROs and GCPD as they continue to keep Buford safe."

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