MLK Jr. High School placed on lockdown for phone threat

The school was quickly put into a soft lockdown while officers searched the campus.
Officers searched the campus and determined the call to be a false threat.
Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 9:29 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2023 at 10:45 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Martin Luther King Jr. High School was the subject of a phone threat on Wednesday morning and the school was placed on lockdown.

Metro Nashville Police units responded to the campus on 17th Avenue North after someone called in to dispatch threatening violence against the school. Officers searched the campus, moving quickly through each wing of the building, and determined the call to be a false threat.

Units will remain on campus throughout the day out of caution as the school resumes normal operations.

Parents were told to wait until most of the law enforcement vehicles filed out to come in and pick up their students. They were also required to fill out a form to sign them out of class early.

Parents fill out forms to sign out their students Wednesday morning after a threat was called...
Parents fill out forms to sign out their students Wednesday morning after a threat was called in to MNPD dispatch.(WSMV)

In response to the threat, MNPS said Cane Ridge Elementary was placed on a brief lockdown, as well. The principal at the school was advised by an MNPD officer to issue the lockdown out of precaution, although there was no threat made to Cane Ridge. The school resumed normal operations a short time later and parents were notified.