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Teen arrested for threatening Lebanon HS students on Snapchat

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Nathan Tomlin was taken into custody Sunday afternoon. (Source: Wilson County Jail) Nathan Tomlin was taken into custody Sunday afternoon. (Source: Wilson County Jail)

A Lebanon High School student was arrested for allegedly posting a video to Snapchat where he threatened to shoot two students.

Police said Nathan Tomlin, 18, was taken into custody at his home on Sunday afternoon.

In the video, Tomlin reportedly held up rounds of ammunition and called out the names of each person the round was for.

A rifle could also be seen in the video, according to Lebanon police.

When officers came to Tomlin’s home, authorities said he admitted to making the video. He also claimed he wasn’t being serious and had no intentions of shooting anyone.

Tomlin was taken to the Wilson County Jail and charged with two counts of harassment. If found guilty, each count could bring a year of jail time and probation.

The weapon seen in the video was confiscated by police and placed into evidence for safe keeping.

Police and school administrators say this is a cautionary tale, and that they are not joking when it comes to dealing with threats.

“Threats, whether they're made on social media or made in person, are still handled the same way. They are threats," said PJ Hardy with the Lebanon Police Department.

Hardy said one of the students allegedly threatened in the Snapchat video went to police.

“These students were definitely in fear,” Hardy said.

Tomlin had no prior record. He recently turned 18 and will be tried as an adult.

The Wilson County DA's office is not releasing the Snapchat video, as it is part of an ongoing investigation.

While Tomlin is charged with harassment, police say he came close to being charged with aggravated assault - a felony.

“We'll prosecute every case that we can bring enough evidence and information to," Hardy said.

Jennifer Johnson, spokesperson with Wilson County Schools, said the system is taking a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to threats.

“For some reason students think they can still do this under some veil of secrecy," Johnson said. “It's not funny. And that's the message we're trying to send out is, this is not funny and we're not going to treat it as a joke. It's going to be taken seriously.”

Hardy has a word of advice when it comes to social media.

“If there's something you wouldn't say to a person’s face, or to another person, you don't need to put it on social media,” he said. “Nothing ever goes away forever.”

Police say the Snapchat video was shot by another unnamed student, and that more charges could come.

Tomlin will not be allowed to return to Lebanon High School. Wilson County Schools will hold a disciplinary hearing to determine his academic future.

Lebanon police said they are working to ensure the safety of students, and there is no perceived threat to anyone at the school at this time.

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