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Bomb scare alters Farragut High School start


Farragut High School students endured a diversion from 7 a.m. classes Monday when someone called in a bomb threat to the school at 6:30 a.m.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Martha Dooley said a female called in to a cafeteria worker at 6:23 a.m., stating a bomb would go off at 7:30 a.m.

“Officers went out to the school with a canine unit to investigate, but they didn’t discover any explosive devices,” she said.

Russ Oaks, spokesperson for Knox County Schools, said FHS principal Michael Reynolds moved students attending 7 a.m. classes into another part of the building while officers investigated the matter.

“I don’t think the delay to the classes was very long,” he said.

Oaks said standard procedure dictates each case to be evaluated by the principal of the school as to the validity and threat potential to each call.

He didn’t know of any reason in particular, such as standardized testing, that a student might call in such a hoax.

“It could have been several reasons,” he said.

Dooley said investigators are looking into the matter.

 

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