Threat at ORHS lands One Juvenile Student in Custody

This afternoon there was once again a threat of mass violence at a City of Oak Ridge School involving an Oak Ridge student. The Oak Ridge Police Department, the Oak Ridge Schools, the Anderson County Juvenile Court and this office have worked together to investigate, detain and ultimately place a juvenile suspect in custody following today’s events.

A juvenile student at the Oak Ridge Secret City Academy allegedly made an oral threat regarding shooting people and using a bomb at the school today. This resulted in a brief condition of restricted movement within the school. Nobody was hurt and no firearm or explosive device was involved. A Juvenile Court Petition was filed with the Anderson County Juvenile Court in Clinton this afternoon against the juvenile accused of making the threats. The juvenile has been charged with Terrorism, Threat of Mass Violence on School Property and False Report. The juvenile has been taken into custody and ordered to be confined at the Richard L. Bean facility in Knox County.

An opportunity for a detention hearing is quickly required by Tennessee law. It is anticipated that such a hearing may occur as soon as next week in the Anderson County Juvenile Court.

District Attorney General Dave Clark remarked, “I am saddened to have to repeat the message that making threats directed at our schools, children or staff will not be tolerated. This is a very serious matter and all of those involved in educating our children or safeguarding the educational environment will respond accordingly. Making such threats isn’t funny and the experience for those making threats isn’t going to be fun.”

Earlier this year, three juveniles were charged with similar offenses stemming from two separate incidents in the same week. Two of those three juveniles have remained detained since that time at the Richard L. Bean Detention Center.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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