Two juveniles in custody after threats at Gibbs High School

Two juveniles in custody after threats at Gibbs High School

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By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office says two juveniles are in custody in connection with threats made at Gibbs High School. They were taken to the Richard Bean Juvenile Detention Center.

This week there's been an increased presence of law enforcement at Gibbs High School after threats involving the school were spread through social media.

Principal Pat Mashburn sent a message to Gibbs parents Friday saying:

"We have received several phone calls from parents concerned for safety at our school. I'm calling to share with you that we are aware of some threats made involving the school. Alongside the Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Knox County Schools security department, we are taking additional and appropriate security measures to address these concerns out of an abundance of caution. Knox County Schools Security and the Knox County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate and this matter. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at the school."

Schools spokesperson Melissa Ogden was not able to elaborate on the nature of the threats.

Several parents contacted 6 News saying they kept their children home out of fear for their safety.

"It's a panic. You don't want to send them back to school anymore. It's very scary, very scary," said Mary Bowlin who has a son attending Gibbs High School.

Kimberly Dennison also learned of a threat Friday and picked up her daughter to make sure she was safe.

"She's concerned. She called me crying. She didn't feel safe. She wanted me to pick her up," said Dennison.

6 News was first made aware of an increased law enforcement presence at Gibbs High on Monday.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says it takes all threats seriously. They say they have taken extra precautions by having extra officers and K9 weapon searches at Gibbs.

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