School Threats Under Investigation In Wilson, Cheatham Counties

Posted at 3:51 PM, Nov 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 00:07:47-05

Two counties have opened investigations after threats were made to schools or students.

In Wilson County, officials with the Lebanon Police Department said on Sunday they arrested a teen who allegedly posted a threat against Lebanon High School students on Snapchat.

The Snapchat video reportedly showed 18-year-old Nathan Dale Tomlin with a rifle holding rounds of ammunition. Officials said Tomlin identified who each round was meant for.

When authorities went to Tomlin’s home, he admitted to making the video, but he added it wasn’t serious and he never had intentions to shoot anyone.

Tomlin was taken into custody and booked into the Wilson County Jail. He was charged with two counts of harassment.

Authorities confirmed the weapon was confiscated to be placed in evidence for safe keeping.

The two victims mentioned and Tomlin cannot be on Lebanon High School property as conditions of release.

The sheriff said they’re working to ensure the safety of all students as they continued to monitor the situation.

In Cheatham County in a separate case, all schools were placed under a lock-in status on Friday due to a threat.

On Sunday, Cheatham County officials updated parents on the situation saying the threat was made in a post on Craigslist. They added the person who made the post was unknown and from out-of-state.

Officials with the Ashland City Police Department said the lock-in status was a “soft lockdown,” which meant there was no disruption to the schools’ operations; however, it did place visible security at the schools as a precaution.

In the threat, the person who posted it appeared to be venting about how someone should shoot up a school in Ashland City and a church in Montgomery County.

No direct threat to any specific location was made; however, authorities said it was best to take the proper steps for safety and the investigation.

Throughout the weekend, state, local, and federal agencies were working on leads in the case. They said officers will be present at schools as a precaution.