A 17-year-old boy who allegedly threatened on social media to bring a gun to Heritage High School was arrested Monday when he arrived on campus.
The 11th-grader, charged with being delinquent by making a false report, is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center pending a hearing in juvenile court today, Jan. 23, a spokesperson for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office said.
Two students told a school resource officer at HHS on Monday about a threat made on SnapChat the previous night, according to the BCSO and a spokesperson for Blount County Schools.
HHS and Heritage Middle School were placed on a “soft lockdown” for about 70 minutes, starting a little before 10 a.m., with students remaining in classrooms.
SROs were called in from other schools, and along with deputies they immediately started a search for the boy.
When he arrived with his mother after school started, officers took him into custody.
The gun the boy displayed on social media turned out to be a BB gun, according to the BCSO.
“We encourage all students to tell an SRO or a school official if they see or hear anything suspicious on social media or otherwise so they can look into it,” said Marian O’Briant, BCSO public information officer.
“This is a perfect example of our students seeing something and saying something,” said Marla Holbert, BCS communications director.
“By notifying a building administrator, leaders were able to swiftly address the situation.”