Lafayette Elementary School was one of five mid-state schools evacuated due to a bomb threat on Monday, August 31.
The four other schools confirmed to receive such threats were Howard Elementary School in Gallatin, Brentwood High School, Holloway High School in Murfreesboro and Elzie D. Patton Elementary School in Mt. Juliet.
According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons a call came into Lafayette Elementary School around lunchtime.
“The school secretary answered the phone and was told a bomb would be going off at the school,” the sheriff stated. “We believe the call was automated or computerized.”
Lafayette Elementary School students were immediately led out of the school to the football field and then evacuated to Central Elementary School while local authorities investigated the threat.
“I have to praise the school, teachers and administration,” said the sheriff. “We arrived within minutes of the threat, and all of the kids were already in place on the football field.”
Sheriff Gammons confirmed that two bomb dogs, belonging to the Lebanon Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Dept., were called to the scene, but found nothing.
Also responding to assist the sheriff’s department were the Lafayette Police Dept., the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Homeland Security.
“Due to the fact that there were several other schools across the state that received the same type of threat, the case will be handed over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security,” Sheriff Gammons remarked. “Of course we will assist them in any way we can.”