The Oak Ridge Police Department is still investigating a shooting threat that was made on social media and led to an hours-long lockdown at Oak Ridge High School starting Monday morning.
Monday afternoon, the City of Oak Ridge said students will be released from school at their normal times, and the Oak Ridge Police Department is taking precautions to continue to investigate and keep students safe during dismissal.
“We appreciate the seamless coordination and efforts between the school system, city, and ORPD as this investigation continues,” the city said.
The lockdown was reported at about 11 a.m. Monday after administrators said they were made aware of a shooting threat posted on social media.
It was a Level 3 lockdown. That is a call for increased security when a situation inside or outside the building may have an impact on school, City of Oak Ridge spokesperson Lauren Gray said. Students return to classrooms. All outside doors and classroom doors are locked, and no one is permitted to enter or exit the building.
At about 2:30 p.m. Monday, ORHS administrators sent an email to families letting them know that students would be dismissed at their regular dismissal times with help from the ORPD.
ORPD vehicles were stationed around the high school on Monday morning and afternoon.
The City of Oak Ridge said no suspects had been arrested or located as of mid-Monday afternoon.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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