Blount County student arrested after 'hit list' found on bathroom wall

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - A junior at William Blount High School was arrested Thursday afternoon after deputies say she admitted to writing a "hit list" on the bathroom of one of the restrooms on the second floor.

The 16-year-old girl has been charged with delinquency by false report. Deputies say she admitted to writing the first names of eight students on the bathroom wall. She's being held at the Blount County Juvenile Detention Center pending a hearing.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office is also investigating a bomb threat at Heritage High School that caused students to be evacuated for several hours and a draft of a threatening email found on a school-issued Chromebook at Carpenters Middle School.

“These threats must stop,” Sheriff Berrong said in a news release. “We take each and every threat of this nature seriously, and we investigate each incident thoroughly, sometimes several hours. We also prosecute each event to the fullest extent of the law. We send a large number of resources to these incidents, which takes deputies away from their patrol zones where they are needed, and in turn causes longer response times when people truly need our assistance."

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