McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy is reassuring residents after a post showing a rifle began making the rounds on social media overnight Friday.
Guy said deputies investigated the post all night and found it was not a direct threat to any school.
“We believe this to be just a post someone started as a prank,” the sheriff said. “Several other agencies in other counties have seen a similar post.”
McMinn County Schools Superintendent Mickey Blevins says calls were made to McMinn County High School parents Friday morning.
“The principal at McMinn County High School did send out a cast to all of his family, his community here, to alert all the parents so they could make the decision to whether they wanted to send their children or not.”
Blevins says of the 1,575 students at the high school around 700 came to school Friday.
Guy adds the sheriff’s office had extra deputies at the schools.
“We’ve been at all of our schools all day, in and out,” said Guy. “I’ve visited some of those schools today myself just to let people know that we not feel like this is a credible threat but we still take it very seriously and we want to let people know that they’re safe.”
Meigs County deputies arrested a person overnight who made a threat against Meigs County High School.