Students, teachers staff all safe -
MT. JULIET -- Local police and fire departments responded to Elzie D. Patton Elementary School shortly after 11 a.m. Monday when a bomb threat was phoned in to the school.
According to a press release, at approximately 11 a.m. Monday an automated call stating there was a bomb present in Elzie D. Patton Elementary School was received at the school, according to Steve Spencer, Wilson County Schools' director of safety and emergency management.
"The school contacted me as soon as they got the call, and the Student Resource Officer Justin Witherspoon contacted the Wilson County Sheriff's Department," said Spencer.
Principal Wilma Hawkins made the decision at that time to move all of the students, faculty and staff to the football field at Mt. Juliet Middle School, which is adjacent to the school.
As of noon, Spencer said the sheriff's department had swept the school once and found nothing.
However, as a precaution, they conducted a second sweep, and the sheriff's department has cleared the building for re-occupation by the students, faculty and staff.
"Parents can expect a call from Principal Hawkins informing them of the situation once everyone is back inside the school," Spencer said.
He noted that some parents have arrived at the school to check on their children, and they will be allowed to go through the normal check-in process once everyone has returned to their classrooms.
Spencer also noted that school will dismiss at its normal time this afternoon.