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.”

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