WARREN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Authorities said two minors in Warren County are facing charges in connection with a middle school’s investigation into an online threat.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Department said officials learned about the violent threat circulating across social media on Thursday, Oct. 20.
With some help from the Warren County Middle School staff members, a school resource officer started investigating the threat, which led to a 13-year-old being taken into custody, authorities reported.
According to officials, as of Thursday, that student is charged with filing a false report while the charge for making threats of mass violence on school property is pending.
“While the investigation is still on-going, I want to assure the public that there is no current threat, and that the students, faculty and staff at the Warren County Middle School are safe,” Sheriff Jackie D. Matheny Jr. said.
Then, on Friday, Oct. 21, the sheriff’s department reported that investigators and school resource officers made a second arrest after completing their investigation into the “threats of mass violence at the Warren County Middle School.”
Authorities said the minor has been charged with filing a false report and making threats of mass violence on school property.
This news comes after officials announced a child showed up at Hickory Creek Elementary School with a loaded gun in their backpack on Monday, Oct. 17. Even though nobody was hurt, the woman accused of putting the gun into her child’s bag was charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
Following this week’s incidents, Warren County Schools posted the following statement on Sunday, Oct. 23, guaranteeing that the district and the sheriff’s office are working hard to keep students safe while also encouraging families to speak with their children about the consequences of making threats.
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