Investigation Underway After Bomb Threat was Texted to Individual

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Detectives are actively investigating a vague bomb threat that was texted to an individual, threatening a third party, who was inside Mt. Juliet Middle School. The threat was not specific towards the school, but it referenced a building the person was currently in. Out of an abundance of caution, officers and emergency personnel responded to the school to ensure it was safe.

After the school was evacuated and parking lot secured, explosive detection canines from Lebanon Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit responded to the scene to assist in ensuring the property was safe.

Photo of police vehicle in front of Mt. Juliet Middle School

Officers and canines searched the school property, and it was deemed safe around 5:40 p.m. Based off the context of the text and other information gained from the initial investigation, all indications lead to the threat as being a scam related to a bitcoin blackmail tactic. Detectives continue to investigate the source and are hoping to identify the person responsible for the threat.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/.

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