Two Knox Co. schools cleared after threats; authorities continue investigating

Knox County Schools officials confirmed that the two schools involved were Carter High School and Powell High School.
Knox County Schools officials confirmed that the two schools involved were Carter High School and Powell High School.
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 12:16 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 2:31 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Two Knox County Schools were at the center of social media threats Monday.

Knox County Schools officials were not able to give much information but did confirm that the two schools involved are Carter High School and Powell High School.

Carter High School was placed on lockdown, but after law enforcement gave an all-clear that lockdown was lifted.

Powell High School was evacuated and law enforcement was interviewing students as of 12:15 pm.

In a later update, a KCSO spokesperson said both schools were cleared and the investigation into the origin of the two threats remained under investigation.

Officials said anyone found making a substantiated threat such as the ones being investigated will be arrested and face criminal prosecution.

Sheriff Tom Spangler would like to take this time to remind the public that we take school threats seriously and investigate them as with any crime. Sheriff Spangler urges parents and guardians to have a conversation with their child(ren) and explain the seriousness of these types of threats. The safety of our children, the faculty, and the administration is paramount.

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