A 14-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday at Union Grove Middle School after he allegedly commented over the past two weeks that he wanted to shoot someone.
The UGMS school resource officer learned of the comments Wednesday and arrested the eighth-grader, charging him with being delinquent by making false reports, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office announced. No information from BCSO indicated the threats were directed at any specific person.
Since the deadly school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla., four teenage boys in Blount County Schools have been arrested and charged after allegedly making threats.
Last week, two William Blount High School students were charged in separate incidents in which the 16-year-olds allegedly threatened to “shoot up the school,” according to the BCSO. A Heritage High School freshman was arrested Friday after several people said the 14-year-old threatened to bring a gun to school.
In all cases, the BCSO said SROs verified that the students did not have access to weapons in their homes. All of the boys were taken to the Blount County juvenile detention facility pending detention release hearings.
BCSO’s investigation into a threat found Feb. 20 on a boys restroom wall at HHS is ongoing, a spokesperson for the office said this week.
In that incident HHS students were evacuated while officers searched the school after a bomb threat was discovered along with a “kill list” of first names. School officials notified families of students believed to be on that list.
On Jan. 23, a 17-year-old HHS student was arrested after other students said the junior made threats on social media the night before about taking a gun to school. BCSO said the gun the boy displayed was a BB gun.
Old threat at HH
Also on Wednesday, Heritage High School’s SRO investigated a threat on a girls restroom wall.
The threat on a stall wall in a second-floor bathroom appeared not to have been written recently, BCSO said, but it still is investigating.
The sheriff’s office said it takes all threats against students and teachers seriously, and deputies work with Blount County Schools to thoroughly investigate incidents.