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Investigation continues into threat that locked down area schools

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Part of Cheatham Dam Road has been closed down by officials. Part of Cheatham Dam Road has been closed down by officials.
ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) -

Officials in Cheatham County say they are questioning someone about the origins of a threat that shut the doors at dozens of schools in two counties Thursday.

Police stormed a home on Cheatham Dam Road, saying it was connected to the email threat that led to the lockdown of more than 50 schools in Cheatham and Montgomery counties.

Emotions ran high with some parents after learning their children's schools were locked down.

"You hear on the news, but you never expect to get the phone calls to your house," said Melissa Robertson, who took her child home from school.

It all stemmed from threatening emails sent to city and police employees that threatened the employees, their families and the schools.

"You see it on the news happening all the time, so you never know when to take those threats serious," said Ashley Caraballo, who has children at three Montgomery County schools.

By 7:30 a.m., all Montgomery County schools were notified and put on a modified lockdown in which parents were allowed to take students home.

"I just didn't know what was going to happen to my kids, and I'd rather them be with me, because I know they're safe," said Melissa Robertson, who took her child home from school.

But parents in Cheatham County didn't get the same reassurance. The schools were on a full lockdown until early afternoon, and no one could leave or enter the buildings.

"I want my daughter out of the school, because if that school has been threatened, I want my daughter out of the school. I think she is safer with me than in the school, and I think you should have parent rights," said Jennifer Steele, whose daughter was locked down at Cheatham Middle School.

The Cheatham County Director of Schools said their lockdowns usually are not this strict, but they followed the suggestions of the local police in a threat situation that was left more questions than answers.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now involved, and while they say they don't know who sent the emails, they say there is not a threat to the public.

Classes at all the schools will continue as normal Friday.

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