Three juveniles arrested in Carter County school shooting threat investigation

Published 5:12 pm Friday, February 2, 2024

FROM STAFF REPORTS
An investigation into shooting threats phoned into Carter County 911 has led to the arrest of three juveniles, each facing charges related to the incident.
The threats, which were reported yesterday afternoon, prompted a swift response from law enforcement agencies. At approximately 3 p.m. on February 1, the Elizabethton Police Department and Carter County Sheriff’s Department received reports of a shooting threat targeting Happy Valley High School. 911 dispatch equipment tracked the calls to the vicinity of the high school.
Officers from EPD, deputies from CCSD, and troopers from THP quickly mobilized to the area, securing the campuses of Happy Valley High, Middle, and Elementary Schools.
Concurrently, investigators from EPD and CCSD collaborated with the administrative team and staff of Happy Valley High School to identify leads and suspects. Following a thorough investigation, three juvenile suspects were apprehended. Authorities determined that the threats were a hoax.
In response to the incident, Elizabethton Police Department Chief Jason Shaw expressed gratitude for the dedication and teamwork exhibited by officers, investigators, and support staff. The collaboration of agencies including Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Carter County 911 dispatchers, THP, and the administrators and staff of all the Happy Valley Schools was also commended for their swift and coordinated response.
Each juvenile suspect faces two counts of violating Tennessee Code 39-16-517, Threat of Mass Violence on School Property or at a School Related Activity, and four counts of violating Tennessee Code 39-16-502, False Reports.
The investigation underscores the seriousness with which law enforcement and school officials address threats to student safety, affirming their commitment to maintaining a secure environment for students and staff.

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