Juvenile arrested after Johnson City police probe ‘threatening message’ on social media

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – A local teen has been charged with false reporting in regards to a threatening message that had been allegedly posted on Facebook. Johnson City police said school staff notified a police school resource officer about the online threat against Science Hill High School.

Monday morning, school officials were alerted to a social media post that said something was going to happen at the school during lunch time.

School leaders said a “soft lockdown” was put in place at the school, but it is no longer in effect.

Officials said Johnson City police investigators developed a juvenile as a suspect as was arrested and charged with false reporting.

The juvenile has been placed into the custody of his parent, according to police.

The Johnson City Police Department will decide if charges are filed in the case. A preliminary hearing for the juvenile has been scheduled for April 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Johnson City Juvenile Court.

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