More than half of Ooltewah High School students absent amid shooting threats

Caption: The exterior of Ooltewah High School photographed on Sunday, January 31, 2016.
photo A photo submitted by several sources purports to show a threat scrawled on the wall of a boys bathroom at Ooltewah High School.

photo A message scrawled on the wall of the boys bathroom purports to be a threat against Ooltewah High School.

Teachers at Ooltewah High School told the Times Free Press that more than half of the school's students -- between 800 and 900 -- are absent today following threats of a shooting.

The school's attendance clerk would not confirm how many students are absent.

On both Friday and Monday threats were written on a bathroom wall, and many parents said they are concerned with how school leaders are handling the threats.