Nearly a dozen DeKalb County Schools police cars responded to an incident at Arabia Mountain High School on Dec. 15, which started in the school cafeteria.
Walter Woods, a spokesman for DeKalb Schools, said the alleged incident began in the cafeteria then escalated to the bathroom, where a student set off a fire alarm.
“I think it was a school prank that got out of hand,” Woods said.
Woods said an investigation regarding the incident is under way and the system is looking into who the instigators were and what action needed to be taken to address those involved.
Woods said the system was hoping to make an arrest today of at least one student regarding the incident in the cafeteria.
The event was discussed on Twitter throughout the day and over the weekend, referencing something called #TurnUpThursday. However, Woods said some of the information mentioned in the tweets and on other websites was unreliable.
“It’s unfortunate and we’re still investigating how many students were involved,” Woods said. “I know there was an altercation in the cafeteria and one student set off the fire alarm but some of the facts being discussed on [social media] sites aren’t accurate.”
A search on Twitter revealed tweets posted on Dec. 15 and throughout the weekend by students who were involved in the incident. They ranged from comments such as, “So how many strapped up cops we got here? Lol ya’ll too much! #TurnupThursday, to ones that simply said, “I survived #TurnUpThursday at Arabia Mountain High School.”