Note: This story was updated at 4:40 p.m.
A Robertsville Middle School student was arrested Thursday after threatening to “shoot up the school,” authorities said.
The Oak Ridge Police Department received a report of the threat at 9:59 a.m. Thursday. The alleged threat came during a moment of silence for the victims of the school shooting in Florida, the ORPD said.
The 13-year-old male student was immediately removed from class and taken to the principal’s office where two ORPD officers conducted an interview, according to a statement from police. The student admitted to saying he was going to “shoot up the school,” but he apologized and told officers he was joking and did not mean it, the statement said.
Officers also interviewed a parent of the student who confirmed that the teen does not have access to any firearms at home. [Read more…]