School placed on lockdown after social media threat

J.B. Pennington High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday after authorities became aware of threats that were made on a social media outlet called Yik Yak, according to Capt. Pat Thomas of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities learned about the threat the night before, and the school was immediately placed on lockdown once students arrived the next day. Deputies were on the scene throughout the morning.

Thomas said a male high school student made the threat and was at the school at some point during the day but checked out. He was later found at his house.

Initial reports had the juvenile being charged with making terrorist threats.

The suspect was transported to the juvenile detention center in Ashville and appeared before a judge on Friday, according to Investigator Fred Cochran.

If convicted of the crime, his punishment could range from probation to placement in a juvenile detention center, Cochran said.