|WCHS locked down Thursday morning|
|Thursday, September 20, 2012|
By PATRICK HALL
Wilson Central High School was locked down for a little more than an hour Thursday morning after a threatening note was found in the school, but the threat proved to be unfounded and the Wilson County School System is offering a reward for information leading to the apprehension of the suspect.
Director of Safety for the Wilson County School System David Burton said a student found a threatening letter at the school early in the morning Thursday and reported it to a principal.
“We received an anonymous threat found in a bathroom,” Burton said.Burton said he could not say specifically what the note threatened, but said Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputies and officers of the Lebanon Police Department were on-site to assist in searching the school.
Also, Burton said search dogs were used to search inside the building and its exterior for any dangers. The school was on lock down for more than an hour, but students were not evacuated from the building. Burton said they locked the school down to keep students out of the hallway while authorities conducted their search.
“The area was cleared and no other qualifying evidence was found and the school resumed its normal schedule for the rest of the day,” Burton said.
The investigation as to who left the note is ongoing but Burton commended the student who found the letter for doing the right thing and immediately reporting it to a principal
Burton said a reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for leaving the note.
“The school has offered at $200 reward for information that may lead to apprehension of the suspect,” Burton said.