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Obion Schools on Soft Lockdown After Social Media Threat

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Obion County and City Schools were on soft lockdown Thursday with heavy police presence after a threat against the schools appeared on social media.

According to a release from the Union City Police Department, a threat that originated on Snapchat warned of a live shooting at 8:15 a.m. and said students should not go to school.

An investigation revealed that the post originated from a 15-year-old female in Fulton, Kentucky. Officers interviewed her and recovered her phone.

Charges will be pending following discussion with the Attorney’s General Offices in Tennessee and Kentucky.

The release goes on to say that police take threats like this seriously and encourage parents to talk with their children about how to react if a shooting does occur.

EARLIER: Administrative Assistant to the Director of Schools Diane Terry said the threat originated on Snapchat and moved to other social media platforms.

Terry said at this time no arrests have been made, but local law enforcement is tracing where the threat originated. They believe that it originated from a student.

Terry said the threat was broad and didn’t list a specific school.

She said classes are going on as regularly scheduled but parents can pick up students without it counting against their attendance record. Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Chris Richardson said the incident is not a credible threat and that school should be back to normal on Friday.

This story has been updated.

Taylor is a recent Murray State University graduate where she studied journalism and history. When she's not reporting for WKMS, she enjoys creative writing and traveling. She loves writing stories that involve diversity, local culture and history, nature and recreation, art and music, and national or local politics. If you have a news tip or idea, shoot her an email at!
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