Rumors of a gun threat at Blackman High School were unfounded after an investigation Friday by Rutherford County School Resource Officers and detectives, Sheriff Robert Arnold said.
“No threat was made,” Sheriff Arnold said.
Rutherford County Schools sent parents a statement stating, “The administration in conjunction with School Resource Officers conducted a thorough investigation and have concluded there is no threat at this time. We would like to reassure everyone that this situation has been resolved.”
SROs and detectives responded to the school after a parent called the sheriff’s office Friday morning to report a possible shooting threat at the school.
SRO Capt. Barry Hendrixson said the investigation showed a student told parents about hearing a conversation about guns while at school.
“From that, rumors spread,” Hendrixson said.
Administrators and officers tracked down the rumors and talked to the original student who talked with parents.
“There was no malicious intent,” Hendrixson said.
The sheriff’s office took the information seriously but didn’t find any threats, Hendrixson added.
Sheriff Arnold said the parents took the right action by notifying the sheriff’s office, adding parents and students are asked to notify SROs or the sheriff’s office at 898-7770 about any information involving weapons or threats at schools.