McMinn authorities investigate threat at local high school
Feb. 3 – The McMinn County Sheriff’s Office in Athens, Tenn., had deputies on the McMinn County High School campus Thursday morning due to a reported threat to authorities Wednesday night.
The threat was related to a ball game the school had with another school, McMinn County Schools Secondary Education Supervisor Roger Freeman said in a telephone interview Thursday.
“This was a report that the sheriff’s department had received that there was a possible threatening situation that occurred at a baseball game a few nights ago,” Freeman said.
According to a statement posted on McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy’s Facebook page, school deputies are “investigating an alleged threat to McMinn [County] High School,” he posted. The officers are present at the school “simply out of caution as we take any threat, however vague or unfounded, seriously and the safety of our schools is of vital importance. for us”.
Guy said the investigation is ongoing as officers continue to work with school officials.
Freeman said the school was never closed and parents received notification Thursday morning about the presence of law enforcement at the school after some parents called to ask what was going on.
No charges have been filed so far, Guy said in a follow-up email. The sheriff said information about the threat came from students who said they saw or heard something at the baseball game, but he could not provide details.
Freeman said the threat had nothing to do with the county school board’s recent vote to remove the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” from the system‘s eighth-grade curriculum or the conversations around its deletion.
Guy confirmed that the matter had nothing to do with the book being pulled from the program.
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