THOMPSON’S STATION, Tenn. (WKRN) – Students at Independence High School in Williamson County returned to class Tuesday afternoon after a threat found on a bathroom wall evacuated the school earlier in the day.
The evacuation occurred just before 9 a.m. at the high school located on Declaration Way in Thompson’s Station.
Classes resumed around 1 p.m. after the school was determined to be safe.
Students were taken to the nearby Ag Building as a precaution.
“We take all of these threats seriously. They are disruptive to the school day but we have to make sure students are safe and I will so say we will prosecute to the fullest extent,” Williamson County school spokeswoman Carol Birdsong said.
Nearly 1,700 students attend the school.
Superintendent of Williamson County Schools Dr. Mike Looney sent the following letter to parents Tuesday evening:
Dear WCS Families,
Thank you so much for allowing WCS to serve your children. We are privileged to have the opportunity to support the educational journey of our students and families. Unfortunately, today we had two separate incidents in which someone delivered a bomb threat by defacing bathroom walls with graffiti. As a result, our district deployed a multitude of resources to provide for the safety of students and staff.
This message is sent to inform you of what our immediate plans are to stem this criminal behavior and to ask you for assistance in communicating with your school age child the consequences associated with this kind of activity.
- Beginning immediately, I have directed principals to review their safety plans and to make any adjustments which might be appropriate for the balance of the year.
- I have asked our legal department to develop a list of talking points that our teachers and administrators will go over with students briefly tomorrow.
- I have directed principals to increase the monitoring of students in hallways, restrooms and other areas of the school campuses.
- I have asked principals to make a concerted effort to reduce the volume of students traveling in the halls during class periods.
- We will use our SROs and other resources to more closely monitor our security cameras.
- Please assist me with communicating to your child that anyone making these kinds of threats can be charged with a felony and that our school district will maintain a zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior. Not only will we prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, but we will also seek financial reimbursement for the extraordinary costs associated with these acts.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 615-472-4003. Thank you for your support of Williamson County Schools.
Mike Looney, Ed.D