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Investigation underway after Daniel Boone High School bomb scare

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

A report of a map with spots marked where bombs could be placed and “questionable” items found with a Daniel Boone High School student Monday, coupled with a note threatening a bomb scare all culminated in the evacuation of the school and early dismissal.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Doug Gregg said Monday evening that a student told school administrators he had concerns about a fellow student who had the map with Xs on it where bombs could be placed.

The school makes available maps at the beginning of the year to help students find classrooms, Gregg said.

While this student was being questioned, another student came forward and said he found a note in a bathroom that said something similar to “the bomb is ticking,” Gregg said.

Investigators were called at this point, but the student requested an attorney rather than speak with them.

Gregg said the student had some common items including an electronic circuit and a 12 volt electronic buzzer in a backpack. These items could either be used for a legitimate purpose for a science class or to make a hoax device, Gregg said.

Without an interview with the student, it was not clear what those items were for, he said.

Notebooks with “questionable” writings were also found in the student’s backpack. The contents of those notebooks was not provided.

After the bathroom note was found, students were evacuated and deputies began searching the building for a possible bomb.

A bomb-sniffing K9 was brought in from the Bristol Police Department and that dog cleared the building between 12:30 or 1 p.m., according to WCSO Capt. Greg Matherley.

Students were sent home at noon because it was going to take too long for the dog to arrive and clear the building.

Matherley said there was nothing found that would prevent students from re-entering the school. So some students who were still on campus were allowed back in to retrieve items before heading home for the day.

Gregg said investigators have talked to other students and charges are pending.

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