Person Responsible for Social Media Threats Against Riverdale Identified & Arrested


Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans sent an email Thursday afternoon informing parents about a social media threat situation involving Riverdale High School.

Around 6:45pm Thursday, Evans sent a follow-up e-mail, explaining that the situation had been resolved.

A 17-year-old Rutherford County boy was charged after he allegedly posted threats today (Thursday) against Riverdale High School students, Rutherford County Sheriff’s supervisors said.

The student was charged with two felony counts of making false reports after giving a statement about the social media posts, said School Resource Officer Capt. Brad Harrison. He was believed acting alone.

“We want parents to know we are committed to the safety of the children, along with the teachers and staff,” Harrison said. “We don’t take these threats lightly.”

Rutherford County schools, SROs and sheriff’s detectives learned about the post that went viral through the school and the county Thursday afternoon. They worked together to identify the student.

“Through posts, we were able to track down the location where the post was made,” Harrison said. “We visited the home and located the juvenile.”

Detective Will Pinson charged the boy who was taken to the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center.

“Riverdale High School will be open tomorrow and proceed with its normal schedule. We want to thank everyone for their patience and for those who helped with the investigation. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office acted quickly, and we are grateful for their continued partnership. Thanks again for your patience and your support of Rutherford County Schools,” Evans wrote in an email.

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