HVMS evacuation due to ‘potential threat:’ KCS

Hardin Valley Middle School was evacuated early afternoon, Tuesday, April 2, due to a “potential threat” to the school.

“Hardin Valley Middle School has been evacuated as a precaution, as school security and law enforcement investigate a potential threat to the school,” said Carly Harrington, chief of communications for Knox County Schools.

 According to reports, a text to parents about the evacuation said school security and law enforcement were “fully informed and investigating the situation.” It also stated the school would update parents as they learn more.

According to reports, Knox County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating since 1 p.m., after a student at HVMS allegedly made a verbal threat.

A primary sweep by KCSO officers found nothing — and no one was injured — but deputies did another sweep out of caution, according to reports.

Reports also stated charges could be forthcoming.