Juvenile charged with Bradley School threats

At least 5 threats at various schools this week, officials blame Snapchat challenge

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – A juvenile has been charged in connection with school threats this week in Bradley County.

Sheriff Steve Lawson made the announcement this morning in an interview on Mix 104.1 radio.

The Sheriff said that the juvenile is in custody.

The youth will be charged with filing a false police report.

The Sheriff said the juvenile screen-shot a threat against Bradley County Schools and then posted it on Snapchat.

Law Enforcement went to several schools this week, but officials were quick to reassure the public that it was not a credible threat.

There have been five threats against various Bradley schools this week, following the first threat against Bradley Central on Sunday.

Sheriff Lawson believes it may have spread here from McMinn County, which saw an old threat re-emerge against McMinn Central.. and then be associated with Bradley Central.

The Sheriff and Schools Director Dr. Linda Cash blame the threats on social media outlets like TikTok and Snapchat.

Sheriff Lawson said “This is ridiculous and we have to start at home addressing this.”

Dr. Cash had a message for parents.

“It’s important that you monitor those phones and what the kids are saying because they are easily influenced.”

The Cleveland Daily Banner reports that a Cleveland Middle student was detained over threatening to have a gun at school.

No gun was found, but the student will be charged for making the threat at Lake Forest Middle.

 

 

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