Arrest Made as Authorities Take Threats Seriously

The first arrest from the recent threats is imminent. Proud of all our WCS students for cooperating and making the most of a bad situation

— Dr. Mike Looney (@wcsDirofSchools) April 16, 2015

It seems like it all began back in February here in Williamson County, a rash of threatening graffiti, bomb threats and kill lists. Since early February:

  • Pearre Creek Elementary in Westhaven receives threat on social media Feb. 6.
  • Brentwood High finds threatening graffiti in boys bathroom Feb. 9
  • Independence High School finds kill list in boys bathroom and WCSO arrests student
  • Ravenwood has received 2 bomb threats
  • Centennial was evacuated due to a bomb threat
  • Heritage Middle evacuated due to a bomb threat
  • In Wilson County a custodian was arrested for threatening graffiti
  • 7 Metro Nashville Schools have been evacuated for bomb threats and graffiti in the last couple of months
  • Antioch High School received a threat that brought in the FBI today.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, WKRN reports that an arrest of a student was made in today’s Heritage Middle School threat from today

Dr. Looney , Director of WCS , wrote this letter to all the parents:

Dear WCS Families,

Thank you so much for allowing WCS to serve your children. We are privileged to have the opportunity to support the educational journey of our students and families. Unfortunately, today we had two separate incidents in which someone delivered a bomb threat by defacing bathroom walls with graffiti. As a result, our district deployed a multitude of resources to provide for the safety of students and staff.

This message is sent to inform you of what our immediate plans are to stem this criminal behavior and to ask you for assistance in communicating with your school age child the consequences associated with this kind of activity.

  • Beginning immediately, I have directed principals to review their safety plans and to make any adjustments which might be appropriate for the balance of the year.
  • I have asked our legal department to develop a list of talking points that our teachers and administrators will go over with students briefly tomorrow.
  • I have directed principals to increase the monitoring of students in hallways, restrooms and other areas of the school campuses.
  • I have asked principals to make a concerted effort to reduce the volume of students traveling in the halls during class periods.
  • We will use our SROs and other resources to more closely monitor our security cameras.
  • Please assist me with communicating to your child that anyone making these kinds of threats can be charged with a felony and that our school district will maintain a zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior. Not only will we prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, but we will also seek financial reimbursement for the extraordinary costs associated with these acts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 615-472-4003. Thank you for your support of Williamson County Schools.

Mike Looney, Ed.D

Superintendent, WCS