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Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:39 PM

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Two Separate Incidents At Blount County Schools Involving Alleged Threats; One Student Arrested

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- On Tuesday, the Blount County Sheriff's Office said they were investigating incidents at two schools that involved alleged threats. One student was arrested in the investigation.

According to BCSO, the school resource officer at Union Grove Middle School arrested a 14-year-old boy on Wednesday and charged him with delinquency by false report after they said he remarked to students during the past two weeks that he wanted to shoot someone.

BCSO said the boy was taken to the Blount County Juvenile Center, where he was held pending a detention release hearing.

The SRO verified with the student's parents that he did not have access to weapons at his home.

In another separate incident, BCSO said the Heritage High School SRO received information that a threatening message had been written on the wall of a stall in the girl's bathroom on the second floor. BCSO said it appeared that the message had not been written recently, but the sheriff's office is still investigating.

BCSO said they take all threats against students and teacher seriously. Deputies said they were working with Blount County Schools to thoroughly investigate these types of incidents.