NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A large police presence gathered at Two Rivers Middle School in Donelson for a false active shooter call Friday morning, resulting in the arrest of a student.
First responders were called to the school, located at 2991 McGavock Pike, just before 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3.
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Metro Nashville Public Schools Spokesperson Sean Braisted told News 2 a false claim of an active shooter was called into 911.
The school was placed on lockdown as a precaution based on the recommendation of the Metro Police, but there was no active threat, according to Braisted.
Students were reportedly safe inside of the building and officers investigated the situation to determine the source of the call.
Metro Police said they arrested a 12-year-old 7th grader for allegedly making the false call.
Braisted told News 2 the Two Rivers Middle School student called the false report into 911 while on a school bus, adding that they will be disciplined by the school.
While officials said students were never in harm’s way, the incident sent parents scrambling and left kids terrified.
“It’s terrifying that this is the reality that we have to live in,” said Stacy Wells, whose daughter is in the 7th grade. “I just got a text message from my daughter when she got to school, and she said that there was cops everywhere. And as soon as you hear that, your heart sinks.”
News 2 spoke to a mother of a 14-year-old student who said she tried to call the school and there was no response. She then went to the building and asked for her child to be released, but they were still holding him as officers surveyed the area.
The lockdown was lifted just before 10 a.m. and parents were allowed to pick up their children, but the fear was still there.
“You really have to think about alternative education in a way, like do I want to homeschool my kid? Is it worth living in this kind of fear every single day?” Wells explained.
One student, Luis Rodriguez, said that his faith got him through.
“We were all in one little place. Everybody was crying. That’s all I know,” said Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, the school — which resumed normal operations after the lockdown — will work with the district’s Student Support Services team in order to offer emotional supports to any students who need them because of the incident, according to Braisted.
No additional information was immediately released.
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