UPDATE: Second girl arrested in middle school shooting threats

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12- and 13-year-old charged with terroristic threatening


Two Anderson County Middle School students were arrested Tuesday in the latest shooting threats to hit Anderson County school.

The girls, ages 12 and 13, were each charged with second-degree terroristic threatening after leaving notes in a school bathroom. The 12-year-old allegedly wrote "she had a gun" and was going to "shoot everybody" on a bathroom wall, sparking a soft lockdown of the school while police investigated.

Shortlyl after the first lockdown was lifted, the 13-year-old allegedly left a note in the same bathroom that contained a similar threat.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office and Lawrenceburg Police Department each posted officers in each hallway of the school while school administrators investigated the incidents, according to a statement released by Sheriff Joe Milam.

Tuesday’s arrests marks the sixth time an Anderson County student has been arrested for making threatening statements in recent weeks, including three from threats to “shoot up the schools” made Feb. 20 at the middle and high schools. A fourth arrest involved an 11-year-old student from Emma B. Ward Elementary School.

The incidents at the middle school started Tuesday morning and kept the building on a soft lockdown through the end of the school day.

Another incident that forced Saffell Street Elementary School to go on a soft lockdown Tuesday was handled by school administrators, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said.

The shooting threats from last month came just weeks after 17 people were shot and killed at a Florida high school.

The local threats prompted some residents to start a petition drive to have metal detectors installed in the schools along with other security measures.

Mitchell said at the time that a local person had volunteered to help raise funds for the metal detectors, but wasn’t sure if the idea would surface at the next school board meeting.