Just weeks after investigating reports of a suspicious person on campus near McClung Museum, UT police on Monday addressed online rumors of a potential shooting on campus which prompted another investigation.
Police say around 10:30 or 11 a.m., a UT student was speaking with a friend about 150 miles away over Snapchat about a situation involving a school shooting on an adult cartoon program they both watched and hypothetically who they knew could carry out such a thing.
Today the UTPD Police Department was made aware of a social media rumor regarding a potential shooting to occur on campus. Officers immediately investigated this incident and determined it was a non-credible threat. A… https://t.co/Gjp6yjL7Du— UT Police (@UTPolice) April 16, 2018
The friend texted another friend, also 150 miles from Knoxville, to discuss the conversation. The third person then texted a fourth person, who is in Knoxville, embellishing facts and adding a time and place for the so-called shooting – noon at the student union.
Instead of anyone contacting police, the story then began spreading on social media.
Police eventually determined the threat the not credible, but they are still investigating and are working with other law enforcement agencies to interview the other people involved in the rumor who do not live in Knoxville.
UT Police say “see something, say something,” does not mean to tell a bunch of friends, but to tell police.