Knife, fake hand grenade confiscated in Union County school bomb threat

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MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A student is facing charges after Union County deputies responded to a possible bomb threat at a middle school.

Union County sheriff’s deputies received information about a possible bomb threat at Horace Maynard Middle School around 10 a.m. Wednesday. The school resource officer confiscated a knife and dummy hand grenade from the juvenile student.

Investigators determined through interviews with the suspect and witnesses that a threat of blowing up a classroom with the dummy hand grenade was made.

As a precautionary measure, the school was evacuated and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was contacted for assistance in clearing the building with a bomb dog. After the search was conducted and no explosive devices were found, students were returned to school.

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