Police: 3 juveniles arrested after Happy Valley shooting threats

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – Three juveniles have been arrested after shooting threats made Thursday led to law enforcement swarming four Carter County schools.

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The Elizabethton Police Department (EPD) announced Friday that each of the three juveniles has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • 2 counts of Threat of Mass Violence on School Property or at a School Related Activity

  • 4 counts of False Reports

The juveniles were not identified further.

Police report the EPD and the Carter County Sheriff’s Office responded around 3 p.m. when a 911 call was made threatening a shooting at a school. Dispatchers mapped the call to the general area of Happy Valley High School.

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Elizabethton officers, Carter County deputies and Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers quickly responded and secured the campus of the high school, as well as Happy Valley Middle and Elementary and Central Elementary.

Police report that the administration at Happy Valley High School worked closely with law enforcement to develop leads and suspects.

“The investigation ultimately led to the arrest of three juvenile suspects, and it was determined the threats were a hoax,” the EPD stated in a news release.

Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw thanked the entire police department, as well as the sheriff’s office, dispatchers, highway patrol and school staff for their help in the investigation.

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