A rumored social media threat led staff and administrators at Tullahoma High School to operate with “an abundance of caution” Thursday, according to school officials.

According to a statement from THS officials, a parent contacted the school administration to report a “rumor of a potential threat to the school.”

After receiving the tip, school administration and School Resource Officer Willie Young began immediately investigating.

The rumored threat was discovered to be based on a “joking” statement made by a student and did not represent “a credible threat of harm” to the school, students or staff.

Throughout the rest of the school day, Tullahoma Police Department provided “additional protective services.”

The full statement from Interim Director of Schools Scott Hargrove can be read in full below:

A statement from THS Principal Kathy Rose added reassurances that every child’s safety is “uppermost in everything we do every day.”

“As always, we appreciate the vigilance of students and parents when it comes to the safety of our student population,” Rose said.

Requests for more information sent to Rose and Hargrove were not answered.

Staff Writer

Erin McCullough has won awards for her news reporting, community lifestyles and education reporting in the three years she's been a journalist. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and currently lives in Tullahoma with her cat, Luna.

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