UPDATE: WGNS spoke to Rutherford County Schools spokesperson James Evans on Friday (9/23/16) morning in regards to recent rumors about threats of a school shooting at Siegel High School. Evans told us that to date, those threats are only rumors.
Schools Spokesperson James Evans told WGNS Friday (9/23/16) Morning:
I want to take a moment to address your concerns because of the unfortunate incident that occurred with the gun on Wednesday here at Siegel High School. First, let me say that we believe it was an isolated incident, and we do not have a history of this type of occurrence. However, we also don't take the situation lightly. The administration and law enforcement have been investigating all rumors thoroughly. We have additional SROs on campus today to assist with investigations and for additional security as a precaution. Our number one priority is the safety of your child. We have found no credible threats at this time. We also feel that students are safe and secure. If your child has credible information about a threat, please ask him to share the information with us and we will investigate immediately.
If we discover any other sort of credible threat or weapon on campus -- which we do not expect -- we will inform parents immediately, just as we did Wednesday. Please know how seriously we prioritize student safety and for providing a safe learning environment.
There has been an increase in police presence at Siegel High in the wake of a 15-year old male student being arrested for bringing a .22-caliber handgun to school. Principal Larry Creasy reassures parents they're working to make it a safe place to learn...
Threats of additional violence and rumors of protests have kept school officials and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department busy taming the situation.
Another student was also arrested after verbally abusing staff and authorities at the school in the wake of the incident. There were also a few students who caused disruptions during dismissal and some face expulsion from school.