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No Suspects In Threats Against Cheatham, Montgomery Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There have been no suspects in the email threats that forced the lockdown of schools in two counties. 

Cheatham County officials said they received notification of the threats at 8:18 a.m. Thursday from investigators in Montgomery County.

Schools in Cheatham County were taken off lockdown around 12:30 p.m. after the email threats forced a massive search for suspects in the two counties. Montgomery County schools liften their modified lockdown around 1:30 p.m. 

Officials of both districts said the lockdown was a precautionary measure.

Investigators said the emails made some specific threats, but made general threats in relation to the schools. 

A post on the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System Facebook page said a city police department employee received two emails threatening the employee, their family and made threats against "unidentified" schools. 

Cheatham County director of schools Stan Curtis said it was the stream of email threats that led to the lockdown. A message posted to the district's website said there were no specific threats to Cheatham County. 

An alert was sent to parents that said no school was mentioned specifically by name. Officials said they locked down all the schools in the area to be safe.

Curtis said no one would be allowed to enter or exit the schools until further notice. He said there was no immediate threat, and assured parents their children were safe and secure.

Officials with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System said they were on a modified lockdown. The schools were locked down, but parents would be allowed to pick up their children. The absence would be counted as excused.

Law enforcement officers were called out to each school in both counties to perform on-site searches.

Several agencies assisted in the investigation, including the Clarksville, Ashland City, Pleasant View and Kingston Springs Police Departments; the Cheatham and Montgomery County Sheriff's Offices; and the FBI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Highway Patrol.  

When asked if the threats could be part of a domestic situation, investigators said, "We don't know. 

Cheatham Dam Road was blocked during the search for clues into the threats. Details about the need for the closure were not released. 

The efforts and quick response from law enforcement and school officials was credited for keeping students safe.

Officials said it was still on ongoing investigation. The identity of the person of interest was not released. 

Stewart County schools were placed on a modified lockdown, or what officials called a heightened state of alert. There was one entrance to the schools opened, and students were not allowed to play outside. 

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