Threat found at East Hamilton school

Threat found at East Hamilton school

"The school shall pay" scrawled on bathroom wall

March 2nd, 2016 by Kendi A. Rainwater in Local Regional News

East Hamilton Middle High School

Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse /Times Free Press.

This story was updated at 12:41 p.m.

East Hamilton middle and high school Principal Gail Chuy sent out a voice message to parents of students at the school this morning alerting them of a threat found at the school.

Chuy said a suspicious statement reading, "the school shall pay," was found on a bathroom wall.

"In light of recent similar incidents at other Hamilton County school we are investigating and all appropriate procedures are in place," Chuy said on the voice message.

She assured parents that law enforcement is investigating and safety is the school's top priority.

Hamilton County schools Assistant Superintendent told the Times Free Press that once a school receives a threat law enforcement is immediately notified.

"If the threat is found to be credible, action will be taken quickly to ensure the safety of all students and staff at the school," McDade wrote in an email.

He added that some threats may be copycat behavior, as two other schools in Hamilton County have received threats in the past two weeks.  He said regardless, all threats are taken seriously.

On Tuesday, about 70 percent of Ooltewah High School students were absent after several threats of a shooting were also found on a bathroom wall.

Last week two students at Signal Mountain Middle High School were expelled for making threats to shoot people at the school. 


Due to an editing error, the original draft of this story used the term "shooting threat." There is no evidence that there was a shooting threat, the threat was general in nature. We regret the error.