False threat near UT-Southern triggers large law enforcement response

GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A false threat in the area of the University of Tennessee-Southern triggered a large law enforcement response on campus.

The Giles County District Attorney’s Office said the initial call to authorities came in at around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31.

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A large law enforcement presence was seen on the UT Southern campus shortly after the call was made.

The Giles County Board of Education told News 2 schools in Pulaski were placed on lockdown as a precaution, but the lockdown was lifted shortly before 4 p.m.

The City of Pulaski said on its Facebook page that UT Southern learned of a “potential threat” in the area Wednesday afternoon and immediately went into a shelter in place order while state and local authorities responded to sweep the campus.

Authorities have since issued an all clear, but classes have been canceled for the rest of the day, according to officials.

News 2 still has a crew heading to the scene and will update this story as new information is made available.

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