Juvenile arrested for threats to Hardin Valley Middle School, Blount Co. schools in soft lockdown

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Blount County Schools are in a precautionary soft lockdown Friday due to a cyber threat while the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested one in connection to threats at Hardin Valley Middle School.

Officials from Blount County Schools confirmed Friday that all BCS schools are under soft lockdown which limits movement inside the building. 

Hardin Valley Middle School, part of the Knox County School system, dealt unrelated threats Friday. 

According to an email sent to Hardin Valley Middle School parents, Knox County Sheriff’s Office increased its presence at the school Friday after threatening messages were found in student bathrooms. The email from school officials stressed no credible threat had been determined.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office said juvenile detectives arrested one juvenile at Hardin Valley Middle School Friday. The suspect was identified as the individual responsible for making threats.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said they are investigating an unspecific threat alongside law enforcement agencies in Blount, Lincoln, Rutherford and Franklin Counties. A Lincoln County high school student has been detained. 

TBI says there is no imminent threat to public safety.

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.

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