Blount Co. teen arrested after threatening to bring gun to school

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Heritage High School and Heritage Middle School were placed on a soft lockdown Monday morning after authorities say a 17-year-old high school student threatened on social media to bring a gun to school.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says two girls reported the threat to the school resource officer at Heritage High School on Monday morning after seeing the post on Snapchat.

School resource officers from other schools were called to stand at the gates of the school to search for the boy, who is in 11th grade.

The sheriff's office says the boy showed up with his mother shortly after school started and was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center. He is charged with being a delinquent by false report.

The lockdown was lifted after about an hour and 10 minutes.

"This is a perfect example of our students 'seeing something and saying something.' By notifying a building administrator, leaders were able to swiftly address the situation," said a Heritage High School administrator.

Sheriff's officials say the gun in the social media post turned out to be a BB gun. The boy is being held at the Blount County juvenile detention center pending a release hearing Tuesday.

The middle school was placed on soft lockdown due to its proximity to the high school.

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