Image of student with gun photo-shopped

Hamilton County, TN (WDEF)-Thursday morning, administration and the School Resource Officer of East Hamilton Middle/High School were made aware of a photo students were circulating.

The picture shows a student holding a rifle inside of the school and pointing it at other students. (see above image)

It was determined that the image was not authentic and had been photo-shopped and that no students or faculty were in any danger.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the image and found that the party in the photo was not responsible for creating it. The person responsible was quickly identified.

Disciplinary action was taken by school administration and criminal charges are pending until the conclusion of the investigation.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond released the following statement after the incident:
Our young people need to realize the seriousness of committing these kinds of acts which causes law enforcement to dedicate resources and personnel to matters that are hoaxes perpetrated by students,” stated Sheriff Jim Hammond. “These types of incidents can seriously jeopardize a young person’s future, their career choices, and ultimately cause them to end up in jail.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Categories: Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Local News

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