After what local officials categorized as a "lengthy investigation," the Wilson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a juvenile for posting threatening messages regarding Lebanon High School and students via social media.
According to the sheriff's office, numerous concerned students notified school officials last week of several of the social media posts made via an unidentified smartphone application.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said he wanted to ensure Wilson County residents that the sheriff's office took immediate action on the information and launched an in-depth investigation. He noted the results of the investigation were largely due to cooperation from the California-based phone application's management, which provided "vital information almost instantly," expediting the investigation and leading to the person responsible for the threatening posts.
"It was because of the immediate action of students, school officials, our SRO officers and detectives along with Lebanon Police Department (and) the social media application management that we were able to pinpoint the individual ultimately charged," Bryan said. "We appreciate everyone coming forward so quickly with information and cooperating so we were able to immediately begin an investigation that led to the individual responsible for the disturbing messages."
On Friday, Sept. 16, the juvenile, who was a student at LHS, was identified and charged in Wilson County juvenile court.
"Although this was a tense situation for all parents, we want parents to know that when this type of crime is committed it is taken very seriously," Bryan said. "All available resources will be utilized to ensure the safety of our children and swiftly eliminate any threat to our schools. I'm putting everyone on notice who thinks they can make anonymous threats and get away with it - you will be located and prosecuted for your actions."