Police: Oak Ridge middle school student confesses to threats on social media

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OAK RIDGE (WATE) – An Oak Ridge middle school student confessed Friday morning, according to police, of threatening violence on social media against students.

The Oak Ridge Police Department says the threats were against students who attend Jefferson Middle School student. Oak Ridge police were immediately sent to guard the school while an investigation began. Within three hours, officers identified an 11-year-old student who was interviewed and confessed.

The student faces administrative sanctions and reports will be send to the Anderson County District Attorney General’s Office and Anderson County Juvenile Court.

“ORPD will aggressively and immediately investigate any prospective threat of violence or disruption made against Oak Ridge Schools’ facilities and processes,” said ORPD Chief James Akagi. “School staff was instrumental in cooperating with ORPD requests to immediately arrange for interviews of students and parents, which led to such a quick resolution.”

Akagi did not specify the nature of the threats. Two Anderson County students and a Claiborne County student were charged earlier this week with making threats on social media that involved clowns.

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