Cleveland police investigating school shooting threat

A male juvenile has been detained as Cleveland police say they are investigating a threat of a school shooting made this week.

White County school administrators were informed Thursday afternoon that a student at the Ninth Grade Academy had reportedly said, “I am gonna bring a gun and shoot up the school when we get back in school next week,” according to a statement released Friday by Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson. He said school officials immediately moved on the threat through a school resource officer and the Cleveland Police Department, which began investigating.

Police allege the juvenile threatened to act when classes resumed Wednesday, Feb. 21, according to a CPD statement. Officers interviewed others who had overheard what the student had said and have obtained corroborating information, leading to the juvenile being detained at the Regional Youth Detention Center.

No other details have been released at this time because of an ongoing investigation, though no other suspects are being sought, police said.

“White County School System and local law enforcement will continue working diligently to make sure that all of our students, staff and community are safe,” said Wilson.

On Thursday morning, Wilson had expressed gratitude to Cleveland police and the White County Sheriff’s Office for providing extra security at schools to “help our students feel that were are watching out for them,” in the wake of a Wednesday, Feb. 14, school shooting that left 17 dead in Parkland, Florida.

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