Update: Morristown Police have announced spoken with the individuals involved with the reported threat at East high this morning and no threat was found. Accordingly the soft lockdowns have been lifted.
Previously: Hamblen County School officials say both East and West high schools went into a soft lockdown Wednesday morning due to an East High student alleging that she overheard another student say they had a gun. The student may have taken a bus from East to West, which necessitated both schools going into lockdown.
"The reliability of the allegation is questionable but we have taken precautions while we investigate," school officials said. "All students and staff are safe."
The Morristown Police Department confirmed the investigation and said that a threat had not been identified. The investigation and the soft lockdowns continue.
The incident is unrelated to a disorderly conduct arrest made at the East end Walmart last night after a 22-year-old man made a "joking" comment while trying to buy ammunition.
The man, Logan Reece, Haun Drive, was with two friends attempting to buy ammo when he "uttered some remarks about violence towards East High School," according to reports.
An MPD spokesperson said officials believe the threat was not credible and the comments were an ill-advised attempt to make a joke.
"He told (investigators) it was a stupid mistake," Chief Deputy Michelle Jones said.
That spokesperson said, however, that all remarks of that nature should be taken seriously and thanked Walmart officials for reporting the remarks.
Dr. Jeff Perry, superintendent of Hamblen County Schools, issued a statement through social media Tuesday night.
"We have determined that those comments were not a viable threat to any student or to the school," he said Tuesday night. "There is no reason to be concerned about students safety and we will proceed with a normal day."