ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting in an ongoing investigation after Antioch High School received a significant threat Thursday.
Police said the electronic threat against the school at 1900 Hobson Pike was received just after 8 a.m. Students were evacuated a short time later.
School officials said the dismissal, which took place at 9:45 a.m., was to ensure the safety of students and faculty members. All activities scheduled at the school Thursday night are also cancelled.
Tony Majors, the assistant superintendent for Metro Schools, said the threat was “specific,” which is what caused the response to be different this time. He would not elaborate further.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said officers swept the school with K9s and robotics, checking each locker inside the building.
Authorities reported the threat was not deemed to be any kind of school prank.
Aaron added that if and when they identify the person responsible for the threat, “I can assure you an arrest will take place.”
Students who ride the bus were taken home while students who drove to school were allowed to leave campus.
Those typically picked up by parents were transported to Cane Ridge High School’s auditorium. Metro police did not allow parents, all of whom have been notified of the situation, or unauthorized personnel on the school’s campus.
School will return to normal hours Friday morning.
The threat at Antioch was one of three that occurred Thursday. Both Ravenwood High School and Heritage Middle School were evacuated due to threats.
The three schools join several others in recent weeks affected by threats. Click here to read more.