Emailed threat prompts lockdown for every Cheatham County school

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ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Every school within the Cheatham County district was placed on lockdown Friday due to a threat.

“There was a lock-in. They were able to go about and do their normal activities throughout the day,” said Tim Adkins, Communications Director for the school district.

The Ashland City Police Department said they received the shooting threat by email after it was posted online to an unknown website.

At least one church was also named in the threat.

“We are going to find where it came from,” said Mark Coulon.

According to police, an officer was sent to each school, both public and private across the county as a safety precaution.

“All agencies in Cheatham County and personnel from the school board are working in harmony to solve this incident. No incident took place and all children were safe,” the department added.

Police also said they are following leads with the assistance of both state and federal organizations.

“We are going to take every threat seriously and do whatever we can to find out who is making the threats,” explained the Ashland City police chief.

Tim Adkins, the communications director for Cheatham County Schools, said all students were safe and the schools were secured. His full statement says:

The Cheatham County School District’s first priority is the safety and well being of all students. The school district was notified of a threat by local law enforcement. The school district went on a lockdown to ensure our students were safe. All schools in Cheatham County are secure and we will continue to work with law enforcement during the investigation. All students are safe and law enforcement is present at all schools as a precaution. The school district will provide updates if needed.

The school district also said all after-school activities were cancelled, and day cares would operate on normal hours.