Paris, Tenn.—After investigation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office into the online threat posted on social media last night, a 15-year-old juvenile been cited after he confessed to sending the message.
The Sheriff’s Office has issued the following press release:
“The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting a lengthy investigation which began last night and has continued throughout today in reference to the recent threats of violence towards the Henry County School System.
An app which allows its users to remain anonymous was used to make the threats. This particular app, which is headquartered in Saudi Arabia, made it difficult for law enforcement to be able to obtain any records or user information simply due to the fact any records requested could have taken months to arrive.
Early today a suspect was obtained and later interviewed. The suspect agreed to a polygraph examination which was administered by HCSO Investigator David Doyle. After the polygraph the suspect, a 15 year old juvenile, did confess to sending the message. The juvenile is being charged with Possession of a weapon on school property (which was a knife found on the juvenile), Hoax – threatening of school shooting and communicating a threat concerning a school employee. The juvenile is being sent to Rutherford county detention center until he will appear in juvenile court.
The Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District worked hand in hand during this investigation and are proud to have resolved this situation so quickly. Extra deputies were called in to provide extra security at the schools while this ongoing.
Sheriff Belew was quoted as saying that he was greatly appreciative of all the public support and phone calls to alert law enforcement of this dangerous situation.”