CCHS sees bomb threat

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By Susan Sharp

A bomb threat caused the delay of District 3-AAA championship games and led to Campbell County High School being evacuated on Tuesday evening.

“Around mid-day on Tuesday we learned of a possible threat,” said Sheriff Robbie Goins. “Our school resource officers Shane Wolfenbarger and  Jamyi Prater became aware that the threats had been made through a social media outlet.”

This prompted a two-county investigation because the student resides in Anderson County.

But as the afternoon wore on, Campbell County became the point of jurisdiction because the Anderson County High School sophomore had allegedly tweeted the threats from the gym at CCHS the night before, according to CCSD Chief Deputy Aaron Evans.

Capt. Brandon Elkins then went to the student’s home.

“He admitted to making electronic threats,” said Evans. “He said he just wanted to scare the students.”

While the intention may have been to scare the CCHS students, the end result was more costly.

Despite the student declaring his threat was empty, an evacuation and sweep of the school was necessary, said Goins.

“That is standard procedure. We have to ensure the school is safe,” Goins said.

With the Knox County Bomb Squad and bomb sniffing K-9s enroute, CCSD officers also began searching the school.

After an exhaustive search, explosives were not located.

The 15 year old ACHS student is being charged with filing a false bomb report.