16-year-old arrested, accused of making high school bomb threats - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

16-year-old arrested, accused of making high school bomb threats

Trezevant students waiting behind the school. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Trezevant students waiting behind the school. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
KIPP Academy was evacuated at about 11 a.m. (Source: WMC Action News 5) KIPP Academy was evacuated at about 11 a.m. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Police blocked off streets around Trezevant High. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Police blocked off streets around Trezevant High. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Police investigated threats at two Memphis high schools and a Memphis middle school Tuesday morning.

All three schools were evacuated.

At 11:45 a.m., police said they believed an adult called in threats to both high schools.

However, at 12:15 p.m., police said a 16-year-old is in custody, accused of making the false calls to Trezevant High School and Douglass High School. His identity has not been revealed, because he is a minor.

At KIPP Memphis Academy, a boy called police and said someone threatened him with a bomb. Police believe the suspect is a teenager and the threat is unrelated to the two high school threats.

Students and staff at Trezevant High School were evacuated around 7:30 a.m. Douglass High School was evacuated about one hour later. KIPP Memphis Academy was evacuated at 11 a.m.

Students at Trezevant High School returned to class at 10 a.m. Douglass High School students returned at around 9:15 a.m. KIPP students were able to return to class just after 11:30 a.m.

"This is Memphis, so nothing surprises me now, but to be this close to my baby," Monica Weston said. Her daughter, Amani, is a freshman at Trezevant High School.

Students said everyone on campus was nervous.

"They are a little nervous. Everybody calling their parents," Trezevant High School student Jondarius Smalls said. "Some across the street don't want to come up here at all."

Shelby County Schools said all students and faculty at both high schools remained safe at all times. Police said the same about students and faculty at KIPP Memphis Academy.

K-9 officers searched all three schools and found nothing suspicious.

Still, some students did not feel safe.

"I don't want to be at school," Smalls said. "I want to go home."

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