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The person who made a threat against Riverdale High School was arrested, and said the incident is a prank, Rutherford County Schools said Thursday evening.

The school district and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office had announced the threat earlier Thursday. The threat, made over Instagram, said there would be an attack at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. The person also claimed there would be five attackers.

James Evans of Rutherford County Schools sent this announcement to parents about the student who made the threat: “He has been arrested and will be disciplined thoroughly by the school district. As such, Riverdale will be open tomorrow (Friday) and proceed with its normal schedule.”

Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said in a statement, “Anytime we have a potential threat to a school, we take these threats seriously. In situations such as this, the safety of our children and educators is paramount.”

Fitzhugh said there would be additional personnel stationed in and around Riverdale.

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