RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – An Oakland High School student has been taken into custody Tuesday after allegedly making threats on social media against the school.
Communications Director James Evans reported law enforcement has identified the person responsible for making the threat on Instagram.
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Tuesday afternoon, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said a 15-year-old male student was charged with making a false report and was taken to the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center.
According to the sheriff’s office, the 15-year-old made threatened other students on social media “wanted to get out of class.”
“He had no intention of harming anyone at the school,” Detective Will Pinson said.
The school administration received reports from students who had seen a threat on social media Tuesday morning that named Oakland High School.
Evans said school administrators and law enforcement officers began interviewing students immediately and worked to determine if the threat was toward Oakland High School or another school in another district with the same name.
“I commend students for doing the right thing and bringing this threat to the attention of our administrators,” Director of Schools Bill Spurlock said. “We need students to understand that making false threats in an attempt to disrupt school is not funny and will not be tolerated.”
A precautionary lockdown within the district was lifted after the 15-year-old was taken into custody.
The student will be remanded to alternative school, according to the school district.
Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh commended the school resource officers, detectives, and dispatch workers who assisted in handling the threat.
“The SROs, the dispatchers who fielded parents’ calls and the detectives who investigated take these matters very seriously to ensure the safety of the students,” Fitzhugh said.
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