Rumors of a gun threat at Blackman High School were determined to be unfounded following an investigation Friday by school resource officers and detectives, according to officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.
“No threat was made,” Sheriff Robert Arnold said.
Rutherford County Schools sent parents a statement saying, “The administration in conjunction with school resource officers conducted a thorough investigation and have concluded there is no threat at this time. We would like to reassure everyone that this situation has been resolved.”
SROs and detectives responded to the school after a parent called the Sheriff's Office earlier in the day to report a possible shooting threat at Blackman High.
SRO Capt. Barry Hendrixson said the investigation showed a student told parents about hearing a conversation about guns while at school.
“From that rumors spread,” Hendrixson said.
Administrators and officers tracked down the rumors and talked to the original student who talked with parents.
“There was no malicious intent,” Hendrixson said.
The Sheriff’s Office took the information seriously, Hendrixson said, but did not find any threats.
Arnold said the parents took the right action by notifying the Sheriff’s Office, adding parents and students are asked to notify Rutherford County authorities at 615-898-7770 about any information involving weapons or threats at schools.