Jellico High School evacuated for second bomb threat in less than a week

JELLICO, Tenn. (WVLT) Jellico High School students and teachers were forced to evacuate the building after a note in the boy's bathroom was found saying there was a bomb in the building.

This is the second bomb threat found in the boy's bathroom in less than a week. A note was also found Friday, which forced the school to evacuate.

Sophomore Kennedy Walden says the day started out normally, but shortly after 10:00a.m., they were told to leave the building.

"It was kind of hectic. We all got evacuated and called our parents," Walden said.

Students walked to a nearby church and waited to get picked up by their parents.

Investigators from the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, T.H.P. officers and their bomb sniffing dogs, Jellico Police and school safety officers all responded to help clear the building.

Lieutenant John Long with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office said they treat every threat like it's the real thing.

"Nothing like this has ever happened before," Long said.

Walden said this is the fourth bomb threat she has endured in her year and a half in high school.

"I think they think it's funny and a joke, but it's really serious and scary," she explained.

A 14 year old boy eventually admitted that he was the one who wrote the note. Investigators were able to identify him by surveillance video and matching his handwriting to the note found in the bathroom. He was taken to a juvenile facility to spend the night behind bars.

Long said they plan to prosecute the boy to the fullest extent of the law.


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