Jellico High School evacuated after threat found in bathroom

Jellico High School evacuated after threat found on bathroom wall

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Students are seen walking to Crouches Creek Baptist Church in this photo taken by a Jellico High student. Students are seen walking to Crouches Creek Baptist Church in this photo taken by a Jellico High student.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

JELLICO (WATE) - Officials have given the all clear after Jellico High School was evacuated Friday morning for a bomb threat that was discovered written on a restroom wall.

The threat, reading "Bomb at 11" was found by a student on a girls' restroom wall.

Students were instructed to walk to Crouches Creek Baptist Church about 10 a.m. to stay in the church's family life center. Parents were notified they could pick up their students from there.

"It wasn't completely terrifying. It's a little unnerving and it's kind of frightening just to think about it," said freshman Ethan Morgan.

Jellico and Campbell County officials said nothing was found after thoroughly searching the school building.

"Kids think that it's all fun and it's not," said Jellico High School Principal Dr. Donna Singley.

This is the second time this year a similar threat was made. A student was charged in that incident and is now at alternative school.

"I'll be honest I was mostly annoyed. The first time it happened it scared me, and I know that you can't take any chances. But somehow we think we're insulated from that kind of thing here," said parent Steven Morgan.

School was dismissed for the day and officials say this time, policy changes could be on the way.

"Instead of alternative school, we may change our policy to expulsion. That might be a possibility that we can bring before the disciplinary board," added Dr. Singley.

Students like Ethan Morgan say they're thankful this threat turned out to be just a close call.

"Even though we've had these before you can never take one and say 'Oh it's just going to be someone trying to get out of class' you have to take it seriously. You never know what if."

The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is in charge of this investigation, tracking down which student or students may be responsible for writing the message.

School officials say once the student in Friday's incident has been identified and will go before the disciplinary board. That student could then be sent to an alternative school and will also have their case go to federal court.

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