Claiborne High School dismissed early after threat

Claiborne High School administration said no arrests have been made.

(Jancy Martinez)

NEW TAZEWELL (WATE) – A report of a threat at Claiborne County High School forced an early dismissal.

The school was put on lockdown around 8:30 a.m. and then an alert was sent out to parents to come pick up their children. Claiborne County Director of Schools Connie Holdway said officers were a called out to the school, but there was no incident and the threat was “not credible,” but parents were still shaken by the news.

Gallery: Photos from the scene

According to Holdway, the school system was notified that some students had been told not to attend school by a text message. When the information came in, he said the school was placed on lockdown.

There was a long line of of cars outside Claiborne High School late Friday morning. Parents and in some cases grandparents were panic stricken, didn’t know what was going on. Rumors were also flying left and right.

“I was scared to death for his life,” said grandparent Margaret Carter. She says her daughter called her from work, asking her to pick up her grandson.

Cody Cunningham received a similar call about his little brother. “I was scared. We didn’t know what was going on,” said Cunningham. “I was on my way to pick up my little girl in Knoxville and had to come back this way to make sure he was okay.”

School staff said they’re still looking into the threat that caused them to dismiss early, however nobody has been taken into custody. They also say there were a lot of rumors circulating, which added to the panic.

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