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High absenteeism, no issues after threats at Ooltewah High

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One of the messages written on the wall at OHS. One of the messages written on the wall at OHS.
OOLTEWAH, TN (WRCB) -

Although more than half the student body chose not to attend school Tuesday, there were no incidents at Hamilton County's Ooltewah High School.  Students and parents were concerned since photos were posted on social media of alleged threats on school property. Extra law enforcement officers were present Tuesday to ensure student safety, and no incidents were reported.  School officials say they expect Wednesday to be a regular day for classes.

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Here is a statement from Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lee McDade:

"No issues were reported today at Ooltewah High School, although many parents chose to keep their children home as a result of the threat to the school.  Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies investigated and did not find it to be credible.  However, extra deputies were present at school today, as well as additional Hamilton County Department of Education administrators. 

Please know that Hamilton County Department of Education and the Ooltewah High School administration take all threats seriously, and we will continue to strive for all campuses in our system to be as safe as possible.

We anticipate all students returning to regular classes tomorrow morning.  We would like to thank the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department for their support and quick response in their investigation of this issue.  We would also like to thank the parents, students, faculty, staff and community for their continued support of Ooltewah High School."

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