LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WATE) – A student was detained on Thursday after a threat was made to Lenoir City High School on social media, the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said “a shooting threat” was posted to Snapchat and the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution. After initially saying a student was taken into custody, Loudon County Chief Deputy Zac Frye said the student was detained and there are not believed to be any additional threats.
Frye said no weapons were found and the threat appears to be unfounded at this time.
The Lenoir City Police Department is handling the investigation with assistance by the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.
“There are no additional threats to our schools after today’s events, however, we feel it is the right thing to do to ensure the safety of our children and faculty. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our community, we feel this is the right response to help put everyone at peace of mind,” said Loudon County Sheriff Jimmy Davis.
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The identity of the student has not been released.
WATE received multiple reports of the school going on lockdown.
Editor’s Note: A law enforcement spokesperson had initially announced that the student was taken into custody and later sent a clarification that they had been detained.