UPDATE (12/8/21) – A total of three juveniles now faces charges including terrorism and threat of mass violence in connection to two separate incidents of online social media threats towards Oak Ridge High School.


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — Oak Ridge Police say charges against two juveniles are forthcoming on Tuesday who allegedly made threats on social media that forced Oak Ridge High School into a lockdown on Monday.

The two admitted to officers they made the threat. Through its investigation, police said no weapon was ever involved and charges are expected to come soon.

Students spent most of Monday under a level three lockdown after police were investigating a reported social media threat. To ensure safety, according to a spokesperson with the school, there was an increased police presence at the school on Tuesday.

Due to the lockdown, no one was able to enter or exit the building and all doors were locked. During the day, the school continued its regular class schedule and the students left at a normal time.

In a letter to staff and students’ families Oak Ridge principal Garfield Adams said the two are students at the school and the social media post was “a hoax and there was never any malicious intent.”

“We would like to thank the Oak Ridge Police Department for their outstanding level of support and their abundance of caution,” the letter states. “We appreciate the patience of our parents and community members as we worked with the ORPD to resolve this incident.”