While Nashville news channels reported bomb threats at numerous metro schools last week, the report of such a threat here in Macon County recently hit too close to home.
At approximately 1:40 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015, the Macon County Sheriffs Department was notified of the threat at Macon County High School and authorities immediately sprung into action.
According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, the threat was written on a desk in one of MCHS’s classrooms.
“At that time, the director of schools was notified and myself and other officers evacuated the school,” Sheriff Gammons said. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol bomb dogs were also called in to do a sweep of the school.”
High school students were transported to Macon County Junior High School and all buses were halted while officers searched the school, collected evidence and conducted interviews.
“Nothing was found at the school and the investigation is ongoing,” the sheriff stated. “We take situations like this very seriously and plan to prosecute the person(s) responsible to the fullest once they are identified.”
Since taking office in 2006, sheriff Gammons says he does not recall a situation like this occurring in Macon County, and believes that there’s a strong possibility that the suspect(s) heard about the recent threats to Nashville schools and copied the crime.
“Making a threat like that, is not a joke,” sheriff Gammons remarked. “This is a very serious crime.”
The sheriff would like to thank all of the officers and emergency responders that aided in the incident and also credits the teachers and school system for handling the threat promptly and getting the students evacuated.