KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating separate threats made online to a pair of local high schools, causing a precautionary evacuation at one.
Powell High School was evacuated by school officials as a precaution and detectives interviewed students, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said. At 2 p.m., the spokesperson shared that the school had been cleared.
A threat was also made to Carter High School. The school was placed on a lockdown that has since been lifted.
“The school was placed on lockdown this morning as a precaution following a non-specific threat on social media. The lockdown was lifted after law enforcement gave the school an all clear.”Knox County Schools statement
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“Sheriff Tom Spangler would like to take this time to remind the public that we take school threats seriously and investigate them as with any crime. Sheriff Spangler urges parents and guardians to have a conversation with their child(ren) and explain the seriousness of these types of threats. The safety of our children, the faculty, and the administration is paramount. Anyone found making a substantiated threat such as this will be arrested and face criminal prosecution,” reads a statement from KCSO.
Both threats came via social media, the spokesperson said. Both remain under investigation.