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Sheriff: man used "Street Chat" app to threaten to kill a child in Unicoi County school

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A man is under arrest in Unicoi County accused of threatening to kill a child in school Tuesday.    Sheriff Mike Hensley said the "adult Hispanic male" used the new app "Street Chat." A man is under arrest in Unicoi County accused of threatening to kill a child in school Tuesday. Sheriff Mike Hensley said the "adult Hispanic male" used the new app "Street Chat."
UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A man is under arrest in Unicoi County accused of threatening to kill a child in school Tuesday.  

Sheriff Mike Hensley said the man used the new app "Street Chat."

Sheriff Mike Hensley said his department made the arrest with the help of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after a day-long investigation.

"A deputy found a post on the Street Chat app post saying a child would die in school tomorrow," Sheriff Mike Hensley told News Channel 11 Monday night.  He would not elaborate on how the man was identified.

Hensley said the post triggered a flurry of calls from parents and multiple social media posts on other sites by people worried about the threat.

"In this day and age we live in and with everything that's happened in the past, I called in the TBI because of the resources available to them," Hensley said.  "It paid off."

"All county schools will be on regular schedule,"  Hensley said.

He would not release any specifics about the man arrested or the charges filed, only that the suspect is an adult Hispanic male.

Hensley said more information will be released Tuesday.

"We take the safety of our children very seriously in Unicoi County," Hensley said.

Street Chat, formerly called Gaggle, is aimed primarily at students. It allows users to post anonymous messages on feeds that can be chosen based on nearby schools. 

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