School attendance was scarce at Warren County Schools after threats were made against the schools on FaceBook. The threats for violence were made on the FaceBook page of a teenage girl who died in a car wreck last year. Over 2,900 students failed to show up on Thursday. Similar numbers are likely Friday as well.
Bobby Cox, director of Warren County schools, told WKRN in Nashville, “they were alerted about a Facebook post Wednesday evening regarding someone who said he had access to his father's guns and was planning something at Warren County High in McMinnville.”
The FaceBook posts and comments were made under two fictitious names. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations are still investigating the threats. WGNS checked the two names that were used to make the posts and comments, but the FaceBook accounts and comments had been deleted by Thursday morning.
According to the email WGNS received, most parents decided to keep their children home on Thursday. Despite this decision, schools were open Thursday and will be open on Friday. School director Cox reportedly told WKRN, “all principals have been notified but they didn't feel it was necessary to notify parents because it could "create panic."
The school system in Warren County received threats before, although the date of prior threats were not released.At the end of the school day, no one was injured and no guns were recovered. The heightened security will be in place again on Friday.