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Threat at Beech High School increases security

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There was an increased police presence Wednesday at a Sumner County school after officials said an alleged threat was found written on a bathroom wall.

The message was found Tuesday at Beech High School, and the Sumner County Sheriff's Office later determined the threat to not be credible, according to a statement from Sumner County Schools.

To be cautious, officials increased police patrols at the school Wednesday as the students continue to take final exams, the district said.

Law enforcement searched the entire campus and interviewed several students about the alleged threat, and there has been no word of any suspects or arrests.

Sumner County school spokesman Jeremy Johnson described the threat as a message with a reference to Sandy Hook and a swastika.  It said something would happen on May 2, but the threat wasn't discovered until May 7.

The message was erased off the bathroom wall before investigators got to the school, but they found a student had taken a picture of it.

Below is statement the school system released on Tuesday night:

On Tuesday, students reported finding a potential threat against Beech High School written on a bathroom wall. After a thorough investigation, including interviewing multiple students and a search of the entire Beech campus, the Sumner County Sheriff's Department has determined the threat is not credible. Out of an abundance of caution there will be an increased police presence at Beech tomorrow. Sumner County Schools and the Sumner County Sheriff's Department take incidents like this extremely seriously. We are making every possible effort to ensure the safety of our students at Beech High School.

Sheriff's officials still have not determined which student wrote the message.

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