Letter to Parents and Guardians at Knox Central

November 20, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians of Knox Central High School,

I am sending this letter home with students to provide you with accurate information, to discourage rumors, and ask for your assistance.

On Thursday, November 19, the school leadership team investigated a report of a threat being made by a student. As with any rumor or threat, our staff followed proper procedures and conducted an investigation to determine the validity of the report. The conclusion of the investigation was false information being reported and at no time was there a safety concern for our students.

Reports of the investigation that took place on Thursday have, just like the original report, been falsely reported and shared on social media. The information that is being shared is false and does not reflect the actual reported incident.

Please know that Knox Central High School will not tolerate threats of any nature and will make decisions and clearly communicate with parents if a valid threat is found. False reports disrupt the school day and in the end result in a loss of instruction for students.

Your child’s safety is our top priority at Knox Central and we understand the concerns that you may have when false information is shared.   I urge you to talk to your child and impress upon them the seriousness of threats in today’s society, but also, to discuss how false reports can disrupt the educational process.   Please encourage your child to notify our staff should they hear of any planned or potential disruptive behavior.

Please feel free to contact my office if you have any comments or concerns.


Tim Melton                                                    Kelly Sprinkles
Principal                                                         Superintendent
Knox Central High School                          Knox County Public Schools