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Parents Upset Over School District's Handling of Alleged Threat

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By Jason Lamb

TENNESSEE RIDGE, Tenn. - There are new concerns over how the Houston County school district handled what the sheriff's office says was a recent threat made against an employee at Tennessee Ridge Elementary school.

Two weeks ago, the Houston County Sheriff's office says it arrested Brian Graves for making a threat against the employee, while the Department of Children Services was conducting an investigation at Graves's home.

"Mr. Graves became upset and made a couple of statements regarding going to the school and killing everybody at the school," said Houston County Sheriff Darrell Allison.

Allison says Graves remains behind bars on a bond of $62,500, and the sheriff's office says no one was ever in danger because Graves was arrested at his home immediately after making the remark, but some parents at the school say the district tried to sweep the alleged threat under the rug.

"My thing was if they hid this and swept it under the rug, what else are they not telling parents about what goes on inside the school?" said Karen Harris, one of many parents who had gathered outside the school Saturday with concerns about the district's efforts of communication.

The school district and sheriff's office deny that the district is trying to cover something up.

Cathy Harvey, the superintendent of the district declined an on-camera interview, but she said her door is open if parents want to discuss the issue.

Several parents told NewsChannel 5 they refuse to send their kids back to school on Monday until the district schedules a parent meeting to discuss the threat.

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