Sheriff: Bullied teen was planning attack on Cannon County H.S.

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CANNON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Cannon County High School was placed on lockdown Thursday and will remain closed Friday as authorities continue to investigate a threat.

The Cannon County sheriff told News 2 they learned Wednesday night an allegedly bullied teenage boy decided he wanted to plan an attack on the school, which is located in Woodbury, about 20 miles east of Murfreesboro.

According to officials, a mental health facility called police that night to report the alleged threat made by the student, who had already been taken to the facility.

The sheriff said they also learned the boy, whose identity will not be released, was trying to recruit fellow students to help. Those students were questioned by authorities.

Authorities were at the school Thursday morning and briefly placed it on lockdown as they investigated. There were never any weapons on campus and no students have been arrested.

After the lockdown, officials said the high school was deemed safe and the school day continued as normal.

At a school board meeting Thursday night, parents expressed concerns about why they weren’t notified of the incident earlier.

Many parents told News 2 they were notified via phone calls and text messages from their kids hours before the school sent out an alert.

David Gilley, whose girlfriend is the parent of a Cannon County High student, said parents are hoping for better communication in the future.

“I think the frustration comes from a failure to communicate,” said Gilley.

Director of Schools Barbara Parker released the following statement regarding the situation:

The safety of the students in Cannon County Schools is our main concern. In an effort to ensure the safety of our students, an investigation was conducted in regards to a threat at Cannon County High School this morning. In order to complete the investigation, Cannon County High School will be closed tomorrow, March 11, 2016. Parents have been notified. The incident is under investigation by local law enforcement officials. The next information will originate from Cannon County Law enforcement officials.

There’s no word at this time exactly what the student was planning. The investigation is ongoing and students are set to return to class Monday.

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