Elizabethton Police investigate threats made on social media, charge juvenile

John Thompson • Nov 19, 2019 at 8:35 AM

ELIZABETHTON — Threats against Elizabethton High School led to a juvenile’s arrest Monday night.

Elizabethton police issued a warning at 8:44 p.m. Monday about threats made in a social media platform. The warning concluded, “We are working with Elizabethton City Schools and investigating the source of the threat. We take the safety of our schools seriously and will pursue prosecution of the offender. We are asking anyone with information regarding identity of any suspect responsible for the threat to contact the Elizabethton Police Department.”

In a statement issued at 11:50 p.m., police said tips from the community allowed department investigators “to identify, locate, and file charges on a juvenile suspect.”

The statement concluded by saying, “We appreciate the cooperation, coordination, and assistance our officers and investigators received from Elizabethton City Schools, Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and our dispatchers at Carter County 911 that allowed a quick resolution in this case.”

Although the police indicated the person who made the threats was in custody, the department would proceed with plans for increased police presence at the high school on Tuesday morning “out of an abundance of caution.”