Community members react to threats at Gibbs High School

Community members react to threats at Gibbs High School

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Two juveniles are in custody in connection with threats made at Gibbs High School. Two juveniles are in custody in connection with threats made at Gibbs High School.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office says it takes all threats seriously, and they have had extra officers at Gibbs High School. The Knox County Sheriff's Office says it takes all threats seriously, and they have had extra officers at Gibbs High School.
"People confined within an area with each other who aren't the same as each other so of course there's going to be sparks," said Shropshire. "People confined within an area with each other who aren't the same as each other so of course there's going to be sparks," said Shropshire.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two juveniles are in custody in connection with threats made at Gibbs High School.

The school sent a message out to parents alerting them of the threats Friday.

Parents told 6 News about threats spreading on social media.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says it takes all threats seriously, and they have had extra officers at Gibbs High School.

Many people in the community say they are not too worried the threats would have amounted to anything.

"I have a younger brother and a couple cousins and friends that go to Gibbs and I just thought it was ridiculous and extremely immature," said Michaela Mikos.

Mikos is a former Gibbs High School student.

She says the threats are a little surprising, but she does not think they are anything to be worried about.

"I was kind of concerned but mostly I just thought it's not that big of a deal. I just feel like they're kids being immature just saying empty threats," she said.

Other people in the community say they feel the same way, that it is unfortunate but not impossible.

"There's been a lot of shootings and a lot of madness going on in the world. There's just a lot of conflict going on. People are feeling pressured and tightened up," said Amber Shropshire.

Knox County Schools could not elaborate on the nature of the threats, but several parents did contact 6 News Friday saying they feared for the safety of their children.

Some even kept them home from school.

"I don't think that anything is going to happen but obviously the police being involved is important in case there would be something to happen," said Mikos.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office did take the two juveniles into custody early Friday evening but could not say exactly how they were involved.

"People confined within an area with each other who aren't the same as each other so of course there's going to be sparks," said Shropshire.

Both of the juveniles taken into custody were taken to the Richard Bean Juvenile Detention Center.

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