NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Gordon Jewish Community Center in Nashville was evacuated Monday after a phoned-in threat.
Metro police later deemed the situation safe and secure at the Percy Priest Boulevard property in West Nashville.
All 100 people who were told to the leave the building during the investigation were allowed back in. No one was injured.
News 2 was told an employee took a phone call and turned it over to security, who then turned it over to the police department. Details on the threat weren’t immediately known.
The same type of threats were called in Monday at Jewish centers and day schools across the country, including Miami, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Rockville, Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland; and New Castle County, Delaware.
“We’re in an age where people feel that they want to cause maximum disruption and anxiety and fear, and when law abiding people– whether they are going to the JCC or to the store or to the airport–and I consider this a form of domestic terrorism, ” Mark Freedman with Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee told News 2.
Later Monday, JCC officials addressed the threat on their Facebook page, also recognizing the threats around the country.
“We are grateful to the professionalism of our staff, to the helpful assistance of our community partners – the Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services, and to the outpouring of support from members and friends,” the statement said.
It continued, “It definitely takes a village in these circumstances and that sense of community and cooperation was evident today.”
The JCC said they also want to assure the community they will continue to take many security measures to ensure the safety of their members.
“This is a good time to remind everyone that if you see something, say something. Please alert a staff person or guard if you see anything suspicious, including unattended bags, in our buildings,” officials added.
There is no word at this time on who may be responsible for the threat. The investigation is ongoing.