March 9, 2018 – Sequatchie County Schools were on lockdown Friday, March 9, after the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department and the Dunlap Police Department received information about 11:45 a.m. concerning a possible threat to the schools.
Former student Zachary Damian Key, 19, of Dunlap, was arrested Friday afternoon and questioned about a social media message he sent to a student stating that he was going to “shoot up the school.”
This Zachary Key should not be confused with computer technician Zachary Key, who works for the Sequatchie County School System.
A Joint Information Release from the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office and the Dunlap Police Department stated:
The threat was initiated by the suspect (a former Sequatchie County student) sending a social media message to another student stating that he was going to “shoot up the school”. Officers immediately notified the Sequatchie County Schools, and all three schools were placed on lockdown.
In addition to the School Resource Officers, all available officers of both agencies responded to the school campus. Once it was determined that the suspect was not on the school campus, and there was no immediate threat, the schools lowered the full lockdown to a soft lockdown.
While officers remained on the school campus, other officers continued the search for the suspect throughout the City of Dunlap area.
At approximately 1:20 p.m. officers located the suspect at a local business in Dunlap, and he was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect, Zachary Damian Key (19 years of age) was then transported to the Dunlap Police Department for further questioning. Interviewing detectives from both departments determined that Key had no intent to do any harm at the schools, and that the incident was a hoax.
Key was arrested for Filing a False Report and was transported to the Sequatchie County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.
The incident is currently an ongoing investigation with additional charges pending. No further details are being released at this current time.