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Wilson Central student arrested for making threats

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Wilson Central High School opened as usual for classes Monday morning after a Sunday threat from a student who said on social media he'd make Columbine look "like a joke."

Wilson County Sheriff Office Lt. Scott Moore said a 14-year-old student from WCHS was arrested Sunday after the threat was reported to authorities.

Moore said parents of a student who saw the threat on Snapchat contacted the WCSO to report the threat and presented a screen shot of the threat.

A detective and the school's resource officer tracked down the student who made the threat and arrested him.

Schools spokesperson Jennifer Johnson said an email and phone calls were sent to parents of Wilson Central High School students alerting them of the situation Sunday night. Also, there was a notice on the system's Facebook page things were under control.

The "evidence" was a screen shot of the threat.

"Once we found the name we went to his house," Moore said. "He basically said he posted the threat in a joking manner. But we want to let everyone know we take these threats seriously and we are very thankful a fellow student let us know."

Moore said with the situation taken care of, they felt it was okay to open school Monday.

"It was not a credible threat," he said. "But it is serious and we carry out justice to the fullest extent. This is not a joke and there are consequences."

Also on Monday, three Robertson County schools - Greenbrier High School, Springfield High School and the Alternative School - at the central office were evacuated because of a bomb threat.

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