A Clinton High School student is in custody after an investigation into threatening notes found in a classroom on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
An investigation by school resource officers and investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and Clinton High School officials led to the identification of the 15-year-old female student responsible for leaving the notes, which made false threats of a school shooting, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.
Charges will be filed in Anderson County Juvenile Court for felony false reports and disorderly conduct, according to the information, provided by Chief Deputy Mark Lucas. The girl is currently being held in the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center in Knoxville pending a detention hearing.
“All reports of threats are taken seriously by both school officials and law enforcement,” Lucas said. “Threats will be investigated, and those responsible will be arrested and charged. Actions have consequences.”
This is the second Clinton High student charged with making false reports of threats. In both cases, school staff, SROs (school resource officers), and investigators quickly identified the student making the threats and arrests were made, Lucas said.
“Our thanks to the staff at Clinton High School and administrators with Anderson County Schools for their assistance in both these cases,” he said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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