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Juvenile in custody after threat against Meigs County schools

DECATUR, Tenn. (WATE) - A suspect was taken into custody overnight Friday after police say the juvenile posted a violent threat against Meigs County Schools to social media.

The Meigs County Sheriff's Department said they received a tip around 11 p.m. on Thursday about a social media post showing someone shooting a gun along with a reference to the Florida high school shooting.

With help from the Meigs County Department of Education, a suspect was identified and arrested around 12:30 a.m. The juvenile is awaiting a court appearance.

"This is not something to joke about," said Meigs County Chief Deputy Brian Malone. "This is something we take very seriously."

Additional law enforcement will be at the high school on Friday, along with support staff for students and staff, as well as parents.

Meigs County Schools officials say there is no current threat against the schools.

The school system released the following statement on Friday:

The sincere and brave actions of those who reported allowed authorities the ability to act quickly to ensure the safety of our community. “See something, say something” has become a school safety motto across the nation and we would like to thank our students, parents, and members of the community who work together every day to keep our schools safe.

Threats against school shave also been reported in Illinois, Oklahoma, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Georgia over the last day. 

In McMInn County, the sheriff reassured students and parents that they were safe after a photo of a rifle began circulating on social media. 


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