School officials notify parents of a threat at Ooltewah High

School schedule will not change, but more law enforcement

OOLTEWAH, Tennessee (WDEF) – School officials have notified parents at Ooltewah High School about a threat made in a note for this coming Friday.

They are taking steps to increase security, but not cancelling school.

There have been a spike in fake school threats in Southeast Tennessee this fall.  School officials and law enforcement blame them on social media.

There have been NO actual attacks.

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Dear Ooltewah High School Families,

Our top priority is the safety of our students and staff. As we are committed to transparency, this message is to inform you that we were made aware of a note left on a bathroom wall referencing a shooting at our school this coming Friday. Law enforcement was immediately notified and a joint investigation is currently being conducted.

Classes will continue as scheduled for the remainder of the week, and in addition to SRO Deputy Brown, we will have extra security staff and safety measures in place.

Please know that we take threats of harm seriously and once the involved party is identified, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with state law and board policy.

Thanks to all of our outstanding school community for patience and understanding as we continue to provide a safe and productive learning environment. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, as we continue to prioritize student safety.

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