Williamson County student arrested, charged with threatening school

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There were some anxious moments Thursday morning as Williamson County law officers and Franklin police quickly responded to a threat involving a gun on a school bus.  

It happened around 9 a.m. on Hillsboro Road on a bus carrying 15 students to Grassland Middle School.  

Authorities quickly determined the threat was unfounded and an eighth-grade girl who allegedly made the threats was taken into custody.  

Williamson County resident Lisa Vaccarella was driving by the area at the time and said she realized the stop was serious.  

“Absolutely, with all going on in the world today, we need to be prepared,” she said. “I’m glad the police were able to do what they are supposed to do. I’m glad they were on top of things.” 

Williamson County Captain Mark Wainwright said the threat was taken very seriously.  

“The school received info there had been a threat made by a student to harm other students and possibly shoot the school up,” he told News 2.  

Investigators said the threat was initially made Tuesday when an eighth-grade girl reportedly made it in front of other students.  

It took the better part of two days for students to report the threat to school authorities, who immediately notified school resource officers.  

“Once it got to us, we were able to take action on the threat,” said Wainwright. “Someone heard the threat, said something about it, that info was then given to law enforcement and we were able to take action and keep the threat from becoming a reality.” 

Williamson County Schools put out a statement Thursday that encourages students to say something if they see something.  

The eighth-grader who was taken into custody was taken to the juvenile detention center.  

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