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Two Tennessee sixth graders were accused of conspiracy to commit murder after investigators discovered a hand-drawn map and plans to shoot the faculty and the students, authorities said.
Cumberland County school and law enforcement officials said in a press release Monday that the two students planned to make weapons and hide them in the dressing room until the last day of school. The researchers discovered a hand-drawn map.
The press release stated investigators discovered no weapons in searches of both students homes. Officials began the investigation after a South Cumberland elementary School resource officer heard a rumor of a possible “hit list”.
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“Our first and most important responsibility is to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” Janet Graham, the director of the school, said in a press release. “It was determined that at no time during the investigation, students or staff were believed to be in immediate danger.”
The two students, whose names were not made public, because they are minors, were Friday arrested and held in Cumberland County Juvenile Detention Facility as they await a juvenile court hearing.
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“We take a threat to students and the school faculty very seriously and we will respond, investigate and take quick and correct decisions in order to manage any threats,” Casey Cox, Cumberland County sheriff, said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.