KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A juvenile is arrested after making a threat that was targeting the Hardin Valley prom Saturday night, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
On April 29, KCSO was alerted to a potential threat of mass violence from the Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a tip they received. According to police, the juvenile made the threat via Snapchat and was targeting the Hardin Valley prom.
KCSO officers, along with Juvenile Crimes Detectives, found the juvenile just before 8 p.m. The juvenile was charged with the threat of mass violence and is being held at the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center, KCSO said.
“I want to make it clear to anyone who might think these types of threats are a joke or are funny- they are not! Any threat against any of our schools, the children, or the staff will be taken seriously," Sheriff Tom Spangler said. "I am urging parents/guardians to candidly talk with their children about the seriousness of making a threat. We cannot downplay the potential severity of these types of crimes."