Not one, but two, local students were arrested Thursday after allegedly making threats against their schools.
A 15-year-old female student at Clinton High School was arrested without incicdent at the school Thursday morning by school resource officers and school security personnel after allegedly making threats to another student on a social media site on Wednesday night. Dr. Tim Parrott, Director of Anderson County Schools, said in a tweet Thursday afternoon that the “threat was a hoax…,”adding, “there was never a danger to anyone.” The girl is being held at a juvenile detention facility, pending a hearing.
Oak Ridge Police were called to Robertsville Middle School Thursday morning just before 10 am, when a 13-year-old male student allegedly said he was “going to shoot up the school” during a moment of silence for the victims of last week’s school shooting in Florida.
The boy was imemdiately removed from class and interviewed in the principal’s office, where he reportedly confessed to making the statement, but apologized and said it was a joke. Officers also spoke with a parent of the student, who confirmed he had no access to guns at home.
The student was expelled and, after consulting with the juvenile prosecutor in the DA’s office, charged the teen with harassment and disruption of a gathering, both misdemeanors, and later charged with a felony count of making a false report. He is being held at a juvenile detention facility in Knoxville.
After both incidents, law enforcement officials pointed out that all threats made against schools are taken seriously and investigated aggressively.
Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Lucas wrote: “Our thanks to those parents and students who report potential threats to law enforcement or school administrators. All reports are treated as serious and are investigated to ensure the safety of students and staff. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and Anderson County Schools work together each and every day to keep our schools safe.”
Oak Ridge Police Chief Jim Akagi said: “Especially in today’s environment, school safety and security are paramount,” ORPD Chief James Akagi said. “We take any threat or potential threat to students and school staff seriously. We will always respond aggressively the these threats and take proactive measures to ensure the safety of our students, our teachers and our community.”