All Dickson Public Schools were evacuated after a bomb threat was discovered Monday afternoon.
According to Superintendent Sherry Howe, a threat was written inside a bathroom. School officials immediately notified authorities and evacuated. Bomb dogs were called, but were not needed as the suspects were identified based on surveillance camera footage.
“Three juveniles were involved, and a confession was made. It was a hoax. They got the idea when a neighboring school had a bomb threat and, according to them, the culprit was uncaught,” Howe said.
Parents received messages throughout the day informing them of the situation.
“With the surveillance cameras and the quick response of our team, one student confessed, which assured us of the safety of our students,” Howe said.
Dickson Police responded to the school’s call and were aided by Dickson Fire Department, Carter County Sheriff’s Department and Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police.
“The individuals involved will receive harsh and swift consequences,” Howe said. “I thank the responding authorities in handling this matter.” Many parents picked up their children early, creating a traffic jam at the corner of U.S. Highway 177 and State Highway 199.
Classes will return to their normal schedule today.
“In light of recent circumstances around the country, we take everything seriously at Dickson schools and will do everything possible to keep our students safe,” Howe said.